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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
719 PM CST SUN JAN 15 2023

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 01/12/2023 TORNADO EVENT UPDATE #9...

.UPDATE...NWS BIRMINGHAM SURVEY TEAMS HAVE COMPLETED SURVEYS TODAY
AND HAVE DETERMINED ONE CONTINUOUS TORNADO DAMAGE PATH FROM 
AUTAUGA COUNTY INTO WESTERN CHAMBERS COUNTY. THE OLD KINGSTON-LAKE
MARTIN EF3 TORNADO HAD A LONG-TRACK PATH OF OVER 76 MILES AND WAS
AT LEAST 1,500 YARDS WIDE. THIS TORNADO CAUSED 7 FATALITIES AND 
16 INJURIES. THIS BRINGS THE FINAL COUNT OF DOCUMENTED CENTRAL 
ALABAMA TORNADOES TO 9 FROM JANUARY 12TH, 2023. ADDITIONAL 
INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BELOW.

VARIOUS FORMS OF AERIAL AND SATELLITE IMAGERY WILL BE ANALYZED
OVER THE COMING DAYS WHICH COULD RESULT IN PATH LENGTH OR WIDTH
CHANGES TO ANY OF THESE TORNADOES. ANY ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS OR
SURVEY WORK THAT RESULTS IN INFORMATION CHANGES WILL BE PASSED
ALONG AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

.OVERVIEW...NUMEROUS STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IMPACTED
CENTRAL ALABAMA DURING THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON HOURS OF
THURSDAY JANUARY 12TH, 2023. SEVERAL SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS
SPAWNED SIGNIFICANT TORNADOES WHICH CAUSED PATHS OF DAMAGE OVER 
SEVERAL AREAS. SOME DAMAGE PATHS CONTAIN SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. 
THUNDERSTORMS ALSO PRODUCED DAMAGING STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS OVER
MANY AREAS, AS WELL AS HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE.

.TORNADO #1 DELMAR TORNADO (WINSTON COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    125 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  9.18 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   425 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/12/2023
START TIME:             08:05 AM CST
START LOCATION:         1 E DELMAR / WINSTON COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          34.1658 / -87.5864

END DATE:               01/12/2023
END TIME:               08:18 AM CST
END LOCATION:           3 SE ASHRIDGE / WINSTON COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            34.204 / -87.4334

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN EAST OF DELMAR NEAR COUNTY RD 20 WHERE
TIMBER DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IN ADDITION TO MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST INTO A HEAVILY WOODED AREA NEAR
TANYARD CREEK THEN CROSSING COUNTY RD 28 WHERE TREES WERE
UPROOTED. THE WIDTH HERE WAS APPROXIMATELY 150 YARDS WIDE. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST INTO ADDITIONAL HEAVILY WOODED AREAS
NEAR CLEAR CREEK THEN IMPACTING A RESIDENCE ON COUNTY RD 432
UPROOTING AND SNAPPING TREES, CAUSING STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, AND
OVERTURNING AN RV. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO GROW IN WIDTH AS IT
MOVED NORTHEAST, APPROXIMATELY 425 YARDS WIDE AS IT CROSSED
MACEDONIA RD. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO CAUSE ADDITIONAL TIMBER
DAMAGE IN A HEAVILY WOODED AREA BEFORE IT IMPACTED A FARM NEAR
COUNTY RD 55 AND 3182. HERE THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF DAMAGE OCCURRED
AS TWO LARGE CHICKEN COOPS WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED IN ADDITION
TO 3 OTHER SMALL FARM BUILDINGS. NEARBY STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OCCURRED TO
AT LEAST 4 RESIDENCES. ADJACENT TIMBER DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED. THE 
TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST TOWARD HIGHWAY 195 WHERE IT 
DISSIPATED BEFORE CROSSING COUNTY RD 6. AROUND 25 STRUCTURES WERE 
DAMAGED DUE TO THE TORNADO. NWS BIRMINGHAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK 
DARONE AND MIKE (NWS MEMPHIS) AND ALABAMA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY 
(ALEA) FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS SURVEY.

.TORNADO #2 EMELLE TORNADO (SUMTER COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  12.87 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   440 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               1

START DATE:             01/12/2023
START TIME:             09:24 AM CST
START LOCATION:         2 W EMELLE / SUMTER COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          32.7288 / -88.3463

END DATE:               01/12/2023
END TIME:               09:40 AM CST
END LOCATION:           3 SSE GAINESVILLE / SUMTER COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            32.7715 / -88.1314

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THIS TORNADO BEGAN NEAR SUMTER 24 UPROOTING TREES. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST ALONG SUMTER 24 WHERE IT DESTROYED A
GRAIN BIN NEAR RAMSEY LANE ALONG WITH SNAPPING AND UPROOTING A FEW
MORE SOFTWOOD TREES. THE TORNADO MOVED THROUGH EMELLE WHERE IT
CAUSED DAMAGE TO ROOFS IN THE COMMUNITY ALONG WITH UPROOTING AND
SNAPPING NUMEROUS TREES. THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 74 AND TOOK
THE ROOF OFF OF A HOME AND DESTROYED AN OUTBUILDING NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 74 AND SUNLIGHT CHURCH ROAD. THE TORNADO
WAS AT IT'S STRONGEST INTENSITY AT THIS POINT WITH A MAX WIND OF
120 MPH. THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 39 AND DESTROYED A MOBILE
HOME ON HODGES PLACE ROAD. THE TORNADO ENDED JUST EAST OF SUMTER
21 UPROOTING AND SNAPPING A FEW MORE TREES ALONG THE WAY. AT LEAST 3
DOZEN STRUCTURES SUFFERED VARYING DEGREES OF DAMAGE. NWS 
BIRMINGHAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK DAN (NWS JACKSON) FOR THE 
ASSISTANCE WITH THIS SURVEY.

.TORNADO #3 EUTAW TORNADO (GREENE, HALE, TUSCALOOSA, AND BIBB 
COUNTIES)...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    130 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  38.76 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   600 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/12/2023
START TIME:             09:54 AM CST
START LOCATION:         1 W EUTAW / GREENE COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          32.842 / -87.9158

END DATE:               01/12/2023
END TIME:               10:43 AM CST
END LOCATION:           1 WNW HARMON / BIBB COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            33.039 / -87.294

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THIS TORNADO BEGAN JUST WEST OF WEST END AVENUE AND MOVED ACROSS
WEST END AVENUE WHERE IT DESTROYED A SHED, CAUSED ROOF DAMAGE,
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE INTO THE
NORTHERN PORTIONS OF EUTAW WHERE IT SNAPPED AND UPROOTED NUMEROUS
TREES ALONG WITH MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES. TREES ALSO
FELL ON AT LEAST 2 HOMES CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE HOMES.
A ROOFTOP OBSERVATION DECK WAS TAKEN OFF OF ONE HOME AND THROWN
ACROSS THE STREET OFF OF ASHBY DRIVE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-
NORTHEAST BEFORE ENDING JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 11 SNAPPING AND
UPROOTING SEVERAL TREES ALONG THE WAY. ADDITIONAL SURVEY WORK 
DETERMINED THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AFTER CROSSING US HWY 
11 IN GREENE COUNTY, MOVING INTO THE OAK VILLAGE AREA OF HALE 
COUNTY NEAR LOCK 8 BOAT LANDING ON THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER. TREE 
DAMAGE COULD BE SEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER FROM LOCK 8. MOST 
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS ON THE HALE COUNTY SIDE ALONG FLEMMING RD 
AND OAK VILLAGE ROAD. MANY MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED ON FLEMMING
RD, MOSTLY DUE TO TREE FALL. TREE FALL CONSISTED OF HARDWOOD 
TREES BEING SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONE HOME IN OAK VILLAGE SUSTAINED
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AFTER GARAGE FAILURE OCCURRED. THIS RESULTED 
IN ADJACENT WALLS COLLAPSING AND MOST OF THE ROOF STRUCTURE BEING 
BLOWN NORTH INTO THE RIVER. ADDITIONAL TIMBER AND VARYING DEGREES 
OF STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO THE END OF OAK VILLAGE RD. 
THIS SURVEY WAS SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT AS THIS EXACT AREA WAS DAMAGED 
BY AN EF1 TORNADO JUST 6 WEEKS AGO. THE TORNADO CONTINUED 
NORTHEAST, BUT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE WEAKENED OR SKIPPED ALONG ITS 
PATH. ONLY MINOR TIMBER DAMAGE WAS FOUND NEAR STEWART AND UP TO 
HWY 69. HOWEVER, MORE SIGNIFICANT TIMBER DAMAGE WAS FOUND 
DOWNSTREAM ON COUNTY RD 50, ENTERING THE TALLADEGA NATIONAL 
FOREST. HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED WITH A PATH WIDTH
AROUND 300 YARDS AT THIS POINT AS THE TORNADO SEEMINGLY 
STRENGTHENED. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED OVER THE ELLIOTT'S CREEK 
EF3 PATH FROM MARCH 25TH, 2021 BEFORE CROSSING INTO TUSCALOOSA 
COUNTY WHERE HIGH-END TIMBER DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED. THE PATH HERE 
WAS NEARLY 600 YARDS WIDE WITH THE CENTER PORTION CONSISTING OF 
MOST TREES SNAPPED AT THEIR BASE, GENERALLY 200 YARDS WIDE OR 
MORE. THE RATING HERE WAS ASSIGNED 130 MPH, HIGH-END EF2. THE 
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING US HWY 82 NEAR HAGLER CAUSING
ADDITIONAL TIMBER DAMAGE AND SOME MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AT TWO 
HOMES. IT IS BELIEVED THE TORNADO WEAKENED AND DISSIPATED 
THEREAFTER, GENERALLY NORTH OF US HWY 82 IN WESTERN BIBB COUNTY. 
THIS AREA WAS NOT ACCESSIBLE. AT LEAST 60 STRUCTURES SUFFERED 
VARYING DEGREES OF DAMAGE.

.TORNADO #4 GREENSBORO TORNADO (HALE AND PERRY COUNTIES)...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    115 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  21.22 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   500 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/12/2023
START TIME:             10:47 AM CST
START LOCATION:         2 S DUFFYS BEND / HALE COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          32.6221 / -87.7543

END DATE:               01/12/2023
END TIME:               11:15 AM CST
END LOCATION:           MORGAN SPRINGS / PERRY COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            32.7394 / -87.4184

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A REMOTE AREA OF HALE COUNTY, NEAR
CLEMENTS BEND ON THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER. FROM THERE, IT MOVED
EAST-NORTHEAST ACROSS CR-35, WHERE DOWNED NUMEROUS TREES ON A FARM NEAR
THE STATE CATTLE RANCH. FROM THERE, IT CONTINUED TO SNAP AND 
UPROOT NUMEROUS TREES IN A LARGELY RURAL AREA, BEFORE CAUSING 
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO THE ROOF OF A HOUSE ALONG AL-69. THE 
TORNADO GREW TO EF-2 STRENGTH AS IT APPROACHED THE SOUTHERN PART 
OF THE CITY OF GREENSBORO. AT AL-25, IT SNAPPED AND UPROOTED 
NUMEROUS TREES, ROLLED AND DESTROYED A SINGLE-WIDE MANUFACTURED 
HOME, AND CAUSED LIGHTER DAMAGE TO SEVERAL OTHER STRUCTURES. THE 
REMAINING DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH WAS MOSTLY TO TIMBER, INCLUDING 
ALONG AL-61 JUST SOUTHEAST OF GREENSBORO, AND AL-14 JUST EAST OF 
THE CITY. THE TORNADO THEN WEAKENED TO HIGH EF-0 TO LOW EF- 1 
STRENGTH AS IT MOVED INTO PERRY COUNTY NEAR GRIFFIN CEMETERY ROAD,
AND ULTIMATELY DISSIPATED AFTER SNAPPING OFF ITS FINAL FEW TREES 
ON MORGAN SPRINGS ROAD. AT LEAST 30 STRUCTURES SUFFERED VARYING 
DEGREES OF DAMAGE.

.TORNADO #5 FIRE TOWER ROAD TORNADO (PERRY AND BIBB COUNTIES)...

RATING:                 EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  16.80 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   500 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/12/2023
START TIME:             11:30 AM CST
START LOCATION:         1 E ELLARDS / PERRY COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          32.8096 / -87.2363

END DATE:               01/12/2023
END TIME:               11:51 AM CST
END LOCATION:           2 NE TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST / BIBB
COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            32.8965 / -86.9672

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE TORNADO BEGAN NEAR THE CAHABA RIVER WEST OF NATIONAL FOREST
ROAD 401D (NF-401D) AND BARTON ROAD BASED ON RADAR ESTIMATION OF A
TDS. IT DEVELOPED QUICKLY INTO A HIGH END EF-0 BY THE TIME IT
BRUSHED DOUBLE BRANCH RD AS IT MOVED EAST-NORTHEASTERLY OVER THE
FOREST. AS IT CROSSED FIRE TOWER ROAD, IT REACHED MAXIMUM EF-1
INTENSITY OF 105 MPH BASED ON SCORES OF SNAPPED AND UPROOTED PINE
TREES RIGHT ON THE RIDGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED OVER FORESTED 
LAND BEFORE CROSSING PAWTUCKY ROAD, WHERE SEVERAL PINES AND 
HARDWOODS WERE SNAPPED. THE TORNADO THEN BEGAN TO WEAKEN AS IT 
APPROACHED AND CROSSED ALABAMA HIGHWAY 219 NORTH OF THE BIBB/PERRY
COUNTY LINE. THE DECAYING TORNADO CONTINUED EASTWARD ACROSS U.S. 
HIGHWAY 82, WHERE STORM CHASER VIDEO SHOWED A WEAK CIRCULATION 
CROSSING THE HIGHWAY. DISSIPATION OCCURRED ABOUT ONE MILE EAST OF 
THE HIGHWAY. 

.TORNADO #6 SELMA TORNADO (DALLAS COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    130 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  22.72 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   800 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               2

START DATE:             01/12/2023
START TIME:             12:04 PM CST
START LOCATION:         1 NE ORRVILLE / DALLAS COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          32.3173 / -87.2278

END DATE:               01/12/2023
END TIME:               12:31 PM CST
END LOCATION:           1 SE BURNSVILLE / DALLAS COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            32.4561 / -86.8786

SURVEY SUMMARY:
NATIONAL WEATHER SURVEYS HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE DAMAGE ACROSS
DALLAS COUNTY WAS CONSISTENT WITH A HIGH-END EF-2 TORNADO. THE
TORNADO BEGAN JUST EAST OF ORRVILLE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HWY
22 AND CAHABA RD. AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST, IT INTENSIFIED AS THE
DAMAGE PATH WAS NEARLY PARALLEL WITH HWY 22. THE DAMAGE CONSISTED
OF MAINLY UPROOTED TREES WITH TRUNKS THAT WERE SNAPPED. THERE WERE
ALSO SEVERAL MANUFACTURED HOMES THAT SUSTAINED ROOF AND SOME
FOUNDATION DAMAGE. AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED DOWN HWY 22,
ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AS IT NEARED THE SOUTHWESTERN
SECTIONS OF SELMA. THE TORNADO QUICKLY INTENSIFIED AS IT ENTERED
THE CITY LIMITS OF SELMA, NEARLY PARALLEL TO HWY 22/W DALLAS AVE.
THE MAIN DAMAGE INDICATORS USED WERE THE UPROOTED HARDWOOD TREES
AND THE SNAPPED SOFTWOOD TREES. MOST OF THE SOFTWOOD TREES WERE
SNAPPED ABOUT HALFWAY UP ON THE TRUNKS. THE DAYCARE ON W DALLAS
AVE AND COOPER DR SUSTAINED HEAVY EXTERIOR WALL DAMAGE AND WAS
CONSISTENT WITH THE HIGHER-END EF2 WIND SPEEDS. SOME DEBRIS ROWING
WAS ALSO NOTED IN THE DOWNSTREAM VICINITY. THE SECOND AREA OF
HIGHER-END EF2 DAMAGE WAS NOTED DOWNSTREAM AT THE SELMA COUNTRY
CLUB WHERE BUILDINGS HAD SIGNIFICANT ROOF AND EXTERIOR WALL DAMAGE
AND THERE WAS A COMPLETE BLOW DOWN OF EXTREMELY LARGE HARDWOOD
TREES. ADDITIONAL SOFTWOOD TREES WERE ALSO SNAPPED IN AND AROUND
ADJACENT STREETS. AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED FURTHER NORTH AND EAST,
IT ENTERED THE NORTHERN SECTIONS OF DOWNTOWN SELMA. NEARLY ALL OF
THE DAMAGE CONTINUED TO CONSIST OF MAINLY TREES, WITH HARD AND
SOFTWOOD TREES UPROOTED. THE HOMES THAT SUSTAINED DAMAGE WERE
OBSERVED TO HAVE ROOF MATERIAL MISSING OR FALLEN TREES THAT
IMPACTED THE STRUCTURE. VERY LITTLE DAMAGE OBSERVED TO HOMES WAS
DIRECTLY WIND RELATED LIKELY DUE TO THE SHELTERING NATURE OF THE
VERY LARGE AND OLDER TREES THAT WERE EMBEDDED WITHIN THE HISTORIC
NEIGHBORHOODS. HOWEVER, THE TREE FALL DAMAGE REMAINED CONSISTENT
WITH HIGH-END EF-1 OR LOW END EF-2. AS THE TORNADO EXITED
DOWNTOWN, IT CROSSED HWY 14, EAST OF SELMA, CROSSING PARKWAY DR.
ADDITIONAL STRUCTURE DAMAGE WAS NOTED WITH EXTERIOR WALLS THE WERE
COLLAPSED CONSISTENT ONCE AGAIN WITH HIGHER EF-2 WIND SPEEDS. THE
TORNADO FINALLY BEGAN TO WEAKEN AND LIFT JUST EAST NEAR THE
BRANTLEY COMMUNITY NEAR RIVER RD, BUT NOT BEFORE SOME SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AT THE DALLAS COUNTY JAIL ON SELFIELD RD.

.TORNADO #7 OLD KINGSTON-LAKE MARTIN TORNADO (AUTAUGA, ELMORE,
COOSA, TALLAPOOSA, AND CHAMBERS COUNTIES)...

RATING:                 EF3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    150 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  76.67 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1500 YARDS
FATALITIES:             7
INJURIES:               16

START DATE:             01/12/2023
START TIME:             12:48 PM CST
START LOCATION:         2 ESE VIDA JUNCTION / AUTAUGA COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          32.5565 / -86.646

END DATE:               01/12/2023
END TIME:               02:08 PM CST
END LOCATION:           1 E PENTON / CHAMBERS COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            33.0069 / -85.4552

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THIS LONG-TRACK TORNADO BEGAN JUST EAST OF U.S. HIGHWAY 82, WHERE
A MANUFACTURED HOME WAS ROLLED ALONG AUTAUGA COUNTY ROAD 40. OVER
THE NEXT TWO MILES, THE TORNADO RAPIDLY STRENGTHENED AS IT
APPROACHED THE OLD KINGSTON COMMUNITY, WHERE EF-3 DAMAGE BEGAN
ALONG COUNTY ROAD 43. AT THIS LOCATION, AT LEAST THREE
MANUFACTURED HOMES WERE OBLITERATED WITH THEIR FRAMES THROWN UP TO
100 YARDS. A PICKUP TRUCK WAS SENT AIRBORNE AND LANDED 120 YARDS
TO THE NORTHEAST, WHERE A SHALLOW CRATER WAS FORMED BY ITS IMPACT.
THE TORNADO BECAME DEADLY AS IT IMPACTED SEVERAL HOMES ALONG SANDY
RIDGE ROAD. THE FRAME OF A MANUFACTURED HOME AT THE WESTERN END OF
THE ROAD WAS THROWN 250 YARDS TO THE NORTH-NORTHEAST AND CAME TO
REST IN A FIELD. JUST DOWNSTREAM, SEVERAL MANUFACTURED HOMES IN A
CLUSTER WERE SHREDDED AND THROWN CONSIDERABLE DISTANCES. TREES
WERE SNAPPED OFF RELATIVELY CLOSE TO THE GROUND AND PARTIALLY
DEBARKED. IN TOTAL, FIVE FATALITIES OCCURRED ALONG SANDY RIDGE
ROAD AT THREE SEPARATE RESIDENCES. SIMILAR DAMAGE CONTINUED TO THE
NORTHEAST ALONG COUNTY ROAD 140, WHERE A TOTAL OF TWO FATALITIES
OCCURRED IN TWO SEPARATE RESIDENCES AT THE EASTERN END OF THE
ROAD. AT LEAST FIVE MANUFACTURED HOMES WERE BLOWN AWAY WITH THEIR
FRAMES THROWN CONSIDERABLE DISTANCES. SEVERAL VEHICLES WERE PICKED
UP AND THROWN, AND ONE PICKUP TRUCK HAD ITS CAB SEPARATED FROM THE
BED. FROM THIS AREA TO THE NORTHEAST TO COUNTY RD 42, THE TORNADO
CAUSED MASSIVE TREE DAMAGE AND WHAT APPEARED TO BE STANDS OF
DEBARKED TREES ALONG AUTAUGA CREEK. IN THE THREE MILE STRETCH OF
MOST SEVERE DAMAGE FROM COUNTY ROAD 43 TO COUNTY ROAD 42, WIND
SPEEDS REACHED AT LEAST 150 MPH. BASED ON THE DAMAGE SCENE AND
CONTEXTUAL EVIDENCE, IT IS PLAUSIBLE THAT WINDS WERE STRONGER.
HOWEVER, WITH ONLY MANUFACTURED HOMES IN THE PATH, THERE APPEAR TO
BE NO DAMAGE INDICATORS THAT WILL ALLOW A HIGHER RATING. THE 
TORNADO MOVED ACROSS COUNTY ROAD 57 AT A SLIGHTLY WEAKER STATE, 
WHERE NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED WITH SEVERAL HOMES 
SUSTAINING SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE WITH ONE SITE-BUILT HOME ALSO 
SUSTAINING PARTIAL WALL FAILURE.

THE TORNADO CROSSED INTERSTATE 65 WHERE TREES WERE DOWNED. IN THE
PINE LEVEL COMMUNITY, SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AND A
MANUFACTURED HOME WAS ROLLED OFF ITS FOUNDATION AND ONTO COUNTY
ROAD 68 E. MANY TREES WERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED AS THE TORNADO
CROSSED THROUGH THE PINE FLAT COMMUNITY. ADDITIONAL HOMES
SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AND OTHER DAMAGE FROM FALLEN TREES, AND A
MANUFACTURED HOME WAS ROLLED AND DESTROYED. RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE
DAMAGE INTENSIFIED AS THE TORNADO NEARED THE AUTAUGA/ELMORE COUNTY
LINE WHERE SITE-BUILT HOMES SUSTAINED MAJORITY OR ENTIRE ROOF
REMOVAL ALONG COUNTY ROAD 68 E NEAR POPLAR SPRINGS ROAD. SIMILAR
RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IN NORTHWEST ELMORE
COUNTY AS THE TORNADO NEARED AREAS WEST OF THE COOSA RIVER. THE
TORNADO THEN CROSSED THE COOSA RIVER, AFFECTING NEELY ROAD ON THE
WEST BANK AND KELLY ROAD ON THE EAST BANK, AS WELL AS NEARBY
ROADS. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED GRAYS FERRY ROAD ON THE NORTHEAST
SIDE OF TITUS, THE VOLUME OF SNAPPED PINE TREES INCREASED NOTABLY.
COUNTLESS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED AS THE TORNADO MOVED
NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD THE ELMORE/COOSA COUNTY LINE AT HIGHWAY 231.
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE CONTINUED TO CONSIST OF ROOF UPLIFT OR REMOVAL
AND DAMAGE FROM WIND-BLOWN DEBRIS AND FALLEN TREES. RADAR SHOWED A
DEBRIS BALL IN SOUTHERN COOSA COUNTY WHICH MATCH GROUND
OBSERVATION OF A TRULY EXTENSIVE AREA OF SNAPPED PINE TREES AT AND
ON EITHER SIDE (DOWNSTREAM AND UPSTREAM) OF THE SOUTHERN PORTION
OF MCKISSICK ROAD, LOCATED BETWEEN THE COMMUNITIES SPEED AND
EQUALITY. THE VOLUME OF SNAPPED TREES WAS ENOUGH TO ASSIGN AN EF-3
RATING FOR THIS SEGMENT OF THE TORNADO'S PATH. ADDITIONAL
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG COUNTY ROAD 18 WHERE VEHICLES
WERE MOVED OR FLIPPED, NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED, AND SITE-BUILT
HOMES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED WITH ONE DESTROYED. THIS WAS ANOTHER
AREA ASSIGNED EF-3 INTENSITY. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD
TOWARD THE COOSA/TALLAPOOSA COUNTY LINE WHERE ADDITIONAL,
RELATIVELY LESS INTENSE TIMBER DAMAGE WAS NOTED. 

TORNADO DAMAGE CONTINUED INTO TALLAPOOSA COUNTY WITH A CORRIDOR OF
TIMBER DAMAGED OBSERVED ALONG CEDAR CREEK AND ELKAHATCHEE ROADS.
TIMBER WAS SNAPPED AND UPROOTED AND CONSISTENT WITH EF-1 DAMAGE
HERE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING HIGHWAY 63 S
APPROACHING THE WIND CREEK STATE PARK AREA. TIMBER DAMAGE WAS
OBSERVED HERE. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED TOWARD COVEN ABBETT ROAD AND
THEN ELBERT ROAD. SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED DAMAGE HERE, SOME
SIGNIFICANT WITH ROOFS BLOWN OFF, BOAT HOUSES DESTROYED, AND
ADJACENT SIGNIFICANT TIMBER DAMAGE AS DOZENS OF LARGE HARDWOOD
TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. AREAS IMPACTED NEAR HERE WERE
ELBERT DRIVE, LOBLOLLY LANE, AND ELBERT RD. THE TORNADO THEN
CROSSED THE NORTHERN SECTION OF LAKE MARTIN BEFORE IMPACTING
ADDITIONAL LAKEFRONT HOMES. NUMEROUS HOMES WERE DAMAGED ON RIVER
RUN ROAD AND THE ADJACENT SIDE STREETS. SOME HOMES SUSTAINED
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WITH ENTIRE ROOFS BLOWN AWAY AND EXTERIOR WALLS
COLLAPSED OR REMOVED. AT LEAST TWO HOME WERE SHIFTED FROM THEIR
FOUNDATION. THE HIGH-END EF-2 DAMAGE HERE COULD BE PARTLY DUE TO
THE INTERACTION OF THE TORNADO WITH THE LAKE SURFACE, AS WELL AS
THE EXPOSED NATURE OF THESE HOMES SINCE MOST STRUCTURES INLAND
SEEMED TO BE "SHELTERED" FROM ADJACENT HEAVILY WOODED AREAS. THE
TORNADO ALSO DAMAGED HOMES ALONG LAKE RIDGE DRIVE. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST CAUSING POCKETS OF EF-1 TIMBER DAMAGE AS IT
CROSSED US HIGHWAY 280. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED ACROSS THE REST OF
TALLAPOOSA COUNTY CAUSING MAINLY VARYING DEGREES OF TIMBER DAMAGE
IN THE EF-0 TO EF-1 RANGE, INCLUDING THE SESSIONS AREA. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST INTO CHAMBERS COUNTY CAUSING
ADDITIONAL SWATHS OF MAINLY TIMBER DAMAGE IN THE EF-0 TO EF-1
RANGE. THE TORNADO BEGAN ITS FINAL WEAKENING STAGE AS IT NEARED
HIGHWAY 77, DISSIPATING SHORTLY AFTER CROSSING COUNTY ROAD 114. 

.TORNADO #8 STANDING ROCK TORNADO (CHAMBERS COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  12.62 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1600 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/11/2023
START TIME:             02:08 PM CST
START LOCATION:         1 WSW WHITE PLAINS / CHAMBERS COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          32.9871 / -85.4131

END DATE:               01/11/2023
END TIME:               02:24 PM CST
END LOCATION:           2 E STANDING ROCK / CHAMBERS COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            33.0742 / -85.2257

SURVEY SUMMARY:
NWS METEOROLOGISTS HAVE SURVEYED DAMAGE IN NORTHEASTERN CHAMBERS
COUNTY AND DETERMINED IT WAS CONSISTENT WITH AN EF2 TORNADO. THE
START POINT WAS A BIT UNCERTAIN DUE TO SPORADIC TIMBER DAMAGE
AROUND FIVE POINTS, BUT APPEARS TO BE NEAR COUNTY ROAD 114 WEST
OF HIGHWAY 431 TO THE SOUTHWEST OF FIVE POINTS. NORTHEAST OF FIVE
POINTS, THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED, SNAPPING AND UPROOTING MANY
TREES ALONG COUNTY ROAD 267 AND CAUSING ROOF DAMAGE TO A BARN.
THE SWATH OF TIMBER DAMAGE BECAME ALMOST A MILE WIDE ALONG COUNTY
ROADS 281 AND 282 AND AT LEAST ONE RESIDENCE THERE SUFFERED ROOF
DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO INTENSIFY AS IT CROSSED COUNTY
ROAD 268 WHERE LARGE SWATHS OF PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED. A
MANUFACTURED HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND BLOWN DOWNSTREAM
NEAR COUNTY ROAD 278; THANKFULLY THE FAMILY WAS NOT HOME AT THE
TIME. MOST OF THE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE HAPPENED ALONG COUNTY ROAD
284. A COUPLE RESIDENCES SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT SHINGLE DAMAGE, ONE
HAD SIDING DAMAGE, AND A MANUFACTURED HOME HAD ITS PORCH RIPPED
OFF, IMPACTING ITS WALLS. ANOTHER MANUFACTURED BUILDING WAS BLOWN
OFF ITS FOOTINGS. ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT SWATH OF SNAPPED PINES WAS
OBSERVED ON COUNTY ROAD 283, SOME SNAPPED OFF ONLY A COUPLE FEET
OFF THE GROUND. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED INTO GEORGIA, CONTINUING
TO SNAP TREES ALONG WEST POINT LAKE.

.TORNADO #9 TEALS CROSSROADS TORNADO (BARBOUR COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  10.96 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   900 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/12/2023
START TIME:             03:25 PM CST
START LOCATION:         1 S DOSTER / BARBOUR COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          31.6251 / -85.6726

END DATE:               01/12/2023
END TIME:               03:38 PM CST
END LOCATION:           1 E BLUE SPRINGS STATE PARK / BARBOUR
COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            31.6616 / -85.4934

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN NEAR BETHEL ON SUTTON DAIRY RD
CAUSING TIMBER DAMAGE NEAR BUCK BRANCH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
NORTHEAST INTO A HEAVILY WOODED AREA AND CAUSED CONTINUED TIMBER
DAMAGE NEAR DEWEY IVEY RD, SNAPPING NUMEROUS PINES. ADDITIONAL
DAMAGE DOWNSTREAM OCCURRED NEAR FARM STRUCTURES NEAR HUEY FAULK
RD. A HOME SUSTAINED DAMAGE DUE TO A FALLEN TREE ON COUNTY RD 15.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST TOWARDS TEALS CROSSROADS WHERE
ADDITIONAL TIMBER DAMAGE OCCURRED NEAR ROBERTS RD. SOME MINOR
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-
NORTHEAST CROSSING COUNTY RD 33 AND TURNER RD BEFORE DISSIPATING
NEAR HIGHWAY 10. NWS BIRMINGHAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK MOLLY AND
KARLEISA (NWS TALLAHASSEE) FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS DAMAGE
SURVEY.


&&

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

$$

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