EF0 in Jemison, AL 2/7/18 (1 Viewer)


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It was indeed an EF-0 tornado in Jemison yesterday morning:

.Jemison Tornado (Chilton County)...

Rating: EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 80 mph
Path Length (Statute): 2.55 miles
Path Width (Maximum): 300 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 02/07/2018
Start Time: 6:03 AM CST
Start Location: 2 miles W of Jemison / Chilton / AL
Start Lat/Lon: 32.9578 / -86.7844

End Date: 02/07/2018
End Time: 6:06 AM CST
End Location: Jemison / Chilton / AL
End Lat/Lon: 32.9644 / -86.7422

Survey Summary:

NWS meteorologists determined that damage near Jemison, AL was the
result of a tornado. The tornado began near the intersection of CR-25
and CR-42 about 2 miles west of Jemison, and traveled east along
CR-42. Damage along the first 1.5 miles of the path was minimal and
confined to downed limbs and a loss of metal roofing and shingles on
a few structures. The tornado quickly intensified and grew wider near
the intersection of CR-42 and CR-38, where numerous structures
sustained damage. The St. James Highland Bible Church lost a
significant portion of its metal roof and wooden trusses. The roof
did not appear to be particularly well constructed, and damage was
consistent with winds near 80 mph. Supporting evidence for the
classification of a tornado was quite strong in this location, and
debris from the church was thrown northward across the path of the
tornado. Several homes near this location also sustained a loss of
shingles and other roof covering materials. The tornado weakened
somewhat as it moved eastward toward downtown Jemison, where falling
trees caused significant damage to mobile homes near the intersection
of Patton Street and Hotel Street. As the tornado moved just east of
Highway 31, damage was relatively minor and limited to carports,
shingles, and a few uprooted trees. The tornado dissipated about
one-quarter mile east of Highway 31 near Chilton Circle.

BMX is also surveying more areas of damage today.
 

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