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NWS Damage Survey for 04/05/22 Tornado Event Update #2

Update…Storm surveys were conducted in southeastern Montgomery County and northern Pike County today. Two additional tornadoes were confirmed in these areas, bringing the total to three tornadoes confirmed so far. Additional storm surveys are
scheduled for tomorrow, 04/07/22. These investigations will focus on additional damage pathways in Elmore, Tallapoosa, Chambers and Macon counties.

Overview… An upper level disturbance moved across the Deep South in the early morning hours of April 5, 2022. This encouraged the development of a surface low that moved across the center of the Mississippi to central Alabama. A large area of ​​strong to severe thunderstorms affected the region due to an increasingly unstable air mass and favorable wind shear. The morning thunderstorms initially posed a threat of large hail and damaging winds. Hail reaching the size of a baseball was reported during such a storm in Marengo County. Later in the morning, the storms became more superficial and a tornado threat resulted, primarily affecting southern and southeastern parts of central Alabama. Multiple areas of damage were reported in south and southeast central Alabama following severe weather on April 5, 2022.

Tornado #1: Harrogate Springs Road Tornado (Elmore County)…

Classification:………………… EF1
Estimated peak wind: …….. 100 mph
Length of path/status/: ……3.62 miles
Path width /maximum/:……. 350 meters
Death:…………….. 0
Injuries:………………. 0

Start date:…………….. 04/05/2022
Start Time:…………….. 10:55 a.m. CDT
Place of departure :…………. 1 SSE Wetumpka/Elmore County/AL
Departure Lat/Lon:………….. 32.5239 / -86.1934

End date:………………. 04/05/2022
End time:………………. 11:00 a.m. CDT
End Location:……………4 E Wetumpka/Elmore County/AL
End Lat/Lon:……………. 32.5399 / -86.1344

Survey summary:
The NWS Birmingham Storm Survey Team found damage consistent with an EF-1 tornado in south-central Elmore County, east of Highway 231 in Wetumpka. The tornado touched down on Harrogate Springs Road moving east northeast breaking and uprooting trees. The tornado moved through Wildwood Lane and Jimshill Road and entered a heavily wooded area. The tornado emerged and crossed Firetower Road and dissipated before crossing Marshell Road as no further damage was observed.

Tornado #2: Little Patsaliga Creek Tornado (Pike and Montgomery counties)…

Classification:………………… EF2
Estimated peak wind: …….. 120 mph
Path Length/Status/: …… 12.67 miles
Path width /maximum/:……. 1100 yards
Death:…………….. 0
Injuries:………………. 0

Start date:…………….. 04/05/2022
Start Time:…………….. 11:03 a.m. CDT
Place of departure :…………. 1 NW Ansley/Pike County/AL
Departure Lat/Lon:………….. 31.896 / -86.1267

End date:………………. 04/06/2022
End time:………………. 11:19 a.m. CDT
End Location:……………3 ESE Pine Level/Montgomery County/AL
End Lat/Lon:……………. 32.0474 / -86.0047

Survey summary:
The tornado touched down just south of County Road 1101 west of Ansley where it caused minor damage to vegetation. As he traveled northeast, he crossed County Road 1101 where several softwood logs were snapped off. The tornado then moved nearly parallel to County Road 1107 where it began to knock over and snap swaths of softwood trees, some of which fell and caused extensive damage to a residence. The tornado also caused minor roof damage to other nearby homes and displaced a manufactured home from its block pillars. The tornado then continued to track northeast through a mostly forested area, where it likely began to intensify. A guyed transmission tower was toppled, followed by extensive and continuous bands of broken pines as the tornado continued toward and then crossed AL 94. A house on Chandler Road suffered roof damage and a metal barn was also destroyed. The tornado continued to cause extensive damage to trees and minor damage to homes as it crossed Highway 231. The tornado began to weaken as it crossed the Meriwether Trail and snapped a few large branches before finally lifting into the woods near Crooked Creek.

Tornado #3: Former US 231 tornado (Pike and Montgomery counties)…

Classification:……………… EF1
Estimated peak wind:….. 100 mph
Length of path/status/:…7.62 miles
Path width /maximum/:…. 550 meters
Death:………….. 0
Injuries:……………. 0

Start date:………….. 04/05/2022
Start Time:………….. 11:34 a.m. CDT
Place of departure :………. 2 NW Orion / Montgomery County / AL
Departure Lat/Lon:……….. 31.9833 / -86.0358

End date:……………. 04/06/2022
End time:……………. 11:45 a.m. CDT
End location: ………… 3 ESE China Grove / Pike County / AL
End Lat/Lon:…………. 32.0056 / -85.9095

Survey summary:
Minor tree damage was observed on AL 94 and determined to be the starting point of a tornado. Several trees were uprooted along Highway 231 as the tornado continued east. A large amount of trees were snapped in the front yard of a house on old Route 231 where the greatest degree of tree damage was found, but this house could not be accessed due to the amount of trees covering the driveway. The other nearby houses suffered only minor roof or siding damage. The tornado continued east, where it uprooted several trees on Lockheed Martin Circle and snapped some large branches on County Road 7708 and Davis Road as it dissipated.

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