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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2460 on: April 28, 2011, 09:56:15 PM »
Yet another high EF-4 (possible EF-5) (190 mph) and lower end EF-4 (170mph) in HUN's CWA...
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...PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY INFORMATION FROM LIMESTONE AND MADISON 
COUNTIES... 
 
A PRELIMINARY GROUND AND AERIAL STORM SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE INCURRED 
ACROSS LIMESTONE AND MADISON COUNTIES HAS BEEN COMPLETED BY NATIONAL 
WEATHER SERVICE...UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IN HUNTSVILLE...AND LOCAL 
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL. INITIAL FINDINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS: 
 
* EVENT TYPE: TORNADO 
* EVENT DATE: 04/27/11 
 
* ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 190.0 MPH 
* PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-4 
 
* PATH LENGTH: UNDETERMINED AS ENTIRE TRACK WAS NOT SURVEYED 
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 3/4 MILE 
 
* FATALITIES: AT LEAST 11 
* INJURIES: A LARGE NUMBER 
* SUMMARY: AN AERIAL SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED FROM THE TENNESSEE RIVER 
  ALONG THE LAWRENCE/LIMESTONE COUNTY LINE NORTHEAST THROUGH TANNER 
  AND INTO MADISON COUNTY BEYOND THE ANDERSON HILLS SUBDIVISION. 
  SEVERAL AREAS OF INTENSE DAMAGE WERE NOTED ALONG A SOLID TRACK WITH 
  THE MOST INTENSE DAMAGE NOTED NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF TANNER AND NEAR 
  ANDERSON HILLS IN MADISON COUNTY. HOMES WERE COMPLETELY OBLITERATED 
  ALONG A WIDE SWATH IN BOTH OF THESE AREAS. NEARLY A DOZEN HIGH 
  TENSION POWER LINES WERE SNAPPED OR TAKEN TO THE GROUND IN 
  LIMESTONE COUNTY. CONCRETE POWER POLES WERE ALSO SNAPPED OFF AT THEIR 
  BASE. 
 
  A SUBSEQUENT GROUND TEAM...AIDED BY A STORM SURVEY EXPERT FROM THE 
  UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IN HUNTSVILLE...SURVEYED THE MOST INTENSE 
  DAMAGE IN LIMESTONE COUNTY. HIGH END EF-3 DAMAGE WAS NOTED OVER A 
  LARGE AREA IN EASTERN LIMESTONE COUNTY ALONG AND NORTH OF THE EAST 
  LIMESTONE HIGH SCHOOL. IN THE COMMUNITY OF TANNER...THE INTENSITY 
  WAS MAXIMIZED WITH A LARGE SWATH OF EF-4 DAMAGE AND A NARROW 
  CORRIDOR OF HIGH END EF-4 TO NEAR EF-5 DAMAGE. SEVERAL WELL 
  CONSTRUCTED HOMES WITH ANCHOR BOLTING WERE COMPLETELY WIPED CLEAN. 
  ONE HOME HAD THE DEBRIS CARRIED OVER 300 HUNDRED YARDS WITH LARGE 
  ITEMS CARRIED COMPLETELY AWAY. INTENSE GROUND SCARRING WAS NOTED IN 
  THIS AREA. IN ADDITION...A LARGE CARGO CONTAINER WAS PICKED UP AND 
  BLOWN APPROXIMATELY 600 YARDS AND SEVERAL CARS WERE CARRIED 
  AIRBORNE FOR HUNDREDS OF YARDS. IN ALL...HUNDREDS OF HOMES RECEIVED 
  MODERATE TO MAJOR DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH WITH MANY OF THESE BEING 
  TOTAL LOSSES. ANOTHER SURVEY TEAM WILL BE ON THE GROUND IN MADISON 
  TO FURTHER ASSESS THE DAMAGE ON FRIDAY. 

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...PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY INFORMATION FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY ALABAMA... 
 
A PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE INCURRED ACROSS FRANKLIN 
COUNTY ALABAMA HAS BEEN COMPLETED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND 
FRANKLIN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL. INITIAL FINDINGS ARE 
AS FOLLOWS: 
 
* EVENT TYPE: TORNADO 
* EVENT DATE: 04/27/2011 
 
* ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 175 MPH 
* PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-4 
 
* PRELIMINARY PATH LENGTH: 12 MILES (EXPECTED TO INCREASE) 
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 1/2 MILE 
 
* FATALITIES: AT LEAST 20...EXACT NUMBER UNKNOWN 
* INJURIES: UNKNOWN 
* SUMMARY: FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SURVEY, THE PATH BEGAN AT THE 
  SOUTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY LINE WITH MARION COUNTY NEAR HACKLEBURG. 
  FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE TORNADO PATH IN MARION COUNTY...CONSULT 
  INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM.   
 
  THE SURVEY TEAM TRAVELED THROUGH PHIL CAMPBELL AND WITNESSED 
  CONTINUOUS SIGNIFICANT DEVASTATION THROUGHOUT THE CITY. THE MOST 
  PROLIFIC DAMAGE OCCURRED FROM THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 51 
  AND ALABAMA HIGHWAY 237...TO THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD 81 AND 
  COUNTY ROAD 75. WITHIN THIS CORRIDOR, MANY HOUSES WERE COMPLETELY 
  DESTROYED WITH LITTLE EVIDENCE THAT A HOUSE EXISTED AT THAT 
  LOCATION OTHER THAN THE SLAB AND A DEBRIS PILE. SOME OF THESE 
  HOUSES WERE WELL CONSTRUCTED. AT LEAST 3 CHURCHES ALONG THE PATH 
  SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. ONE CHURCH IN PHIL CAMPBELL WAS 
  COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH ONLY THE SLAB REMAINING. MULTIPLE MOBILE 
  HOMES THROUGHOUT THE PATH WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED...AND THEIR 
  MANGLED FRAMES WERE TOSSED AT LEAST 25 TO 50 YARDS. CARS WERE 
  TOSSED AND DESTROYED THROUGHOUT THE PATH OF THE TORNADO...WITH ONE 
  CAR WRAPPED AROUND A DEBARKED TREE IN PHIL CAMPBELL. ALL ALONG THE 
  PATH LENGTH...THOUSANDS OF HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE 
  SNAPPED. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE ALSO DEBARKED AND TWISTED...AND HAD 
  ONLY STUBS OF LARGEST BRANCHES REMAINING. EF-4 DAMAGE CONTINUED 
  SIMILARLY NORTHEAST FROM PHIL CAMPBELL...ROUGHLY ALONG COUNTY ROADS 
  81 AND 82. SEVERAL HIGH VOLTAGE TVA POWER LINE TRUSSES WERE TWISTED 
  AND TOPPLED...PARTICULARLY NEAR HIGHWAY 243. SIX CHICKEN HOUSES 
  WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED NEAR THE FRANKLIN LAWRENCE COUNTY LINE. 
 
THE SURVEY TEAM HAS NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO SURVEY DAMAGE IN LAWRENCE 
COUNTY WHERE THIS TORNADO CONTINUED ON ITS PATH. FURTHER DETAILS... 
SUCH AS TIMING OF THE TORNADO AND PATH LENGTH...WILL REQUIRE 
ADDITIONAL INVESTIGATION. 
 
INFORMATION REGARDING THIS SURVEY WILL BE PLACED ON THE INTERNET ONCE 
ACCESS HAS BEEN RESTORED. 

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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2461 on: April 28, 2011, 09:58:00 PM »
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0829 PM TORNADO 4 SE COLLEGEDALE 35.00N 85.00W
04/27/2011 HAMILTON TN NWS EMPLOYEE

EF4. MAX WIND SPEED 190 MPH. PATH WIDTH 800 YARDS. PATH
LENGTH 15 MILES. CONTINUOUS NORTHEAST TRACK LEADING INTO
EASTERN PORTIONS OF CLEVELAND.

Oh my goodness. :(  I knew that the Cleveland area was hit super hard, but EF4?  ::wow::    Those cells tracking over the Cleveland area eventually came right over my head. Dropped at least a weak tornado less than a mile from me, I have no idea if this is a confirmed touchdown yet, but the damage certainly looked tornadic to me.


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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2462 on: April 28, 2011, 10:01:50 PM »
This page is pretty cool: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pictures-and-Documents-found-after-the-April-27-2011-Tornadoes/

Wow. Reading the comments under the photos is amazing. (I started with the earliest photo added).

Photo #344 is particularly heart wrenching.

Debris from Smithville sure was carried far...
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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2463 on: April 28, 2011, 10:12:42 PM »
Oh my goodness. :(  I knew that the Cleveland area was hit super hard, but EF4?  ::wow::    Those cells tracking over the Cleveland area eventually came right over my head. Dropped at least a weak tornado less than a mile from me, I have no idea if this is a confirmed touchdown yet, but the damage certainly looked tornadic to me.



I've seen the pictures and videos. Apison is a small community to begin with. There isn't much left there except some concrete slabs and piles of wood. Here is a video...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkhqFk_QA7s

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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2464 on: April 28, 2011, 10:24:28 PM »
I've seen the pictures and videos. Apison is a small community to begin with. There isn't much left there except some concrete slabs and piles of wood. Here is a video...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkhqFk_QA7s

Wow, that is just unreal. It's truly frightening to think of how close all of this is to the both of us... it could have easily have been our neighborhoods. I truly feel for them folks, and everyone else whom suffered such great loss, yesterday. Thank you for the link.

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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2465 on: April 28, 2011, 10:30:51 PM »
I've seen the pictures and videos. Apison is a small community to begin with. There isn't much left there except some concrete slabs and piles of wood. Here is a video...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkhqFk_QA7s

This is the first footage I've seen from Apison. That is horrifying. I see debarked trees. Looks like an absolute war zone.  The news has been mainly focusing on Ringgold but this looks worse to me.
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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2466 on: April 28, 2011, 10:35:16 PM »
Does anyone know the "official" number of missing? Or is that number still even uncertain? This is going to be a long next few days as we get these numbers down, like I said early today...this is just the start of the reports.
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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2467 on: April 28, 2011, 10:35:35 PM »
I suspect that many people will go through Survivors Guilt. It happens often when people are in car wrecks together and one lives and one dies, or in instances with hereditary illnesses take one persons life and the other survives, etc. My prayers go out to those people who not only lost friends, family, and coworkers; but also to those who are asking why they survived and others did not. I dont have the answers, but as a cancer survivor who's sibling died of cancer, I can empathize with those people who will be going through survivors guilt.

Its been incredible to see all of the pictures and videos, and to hear the stories that are being posted from people in the areas that have been hit.
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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2468 on: April 28, 2011, 10:44:23 PM »
Though this is a time of sadness,I would like to say welcome to the "lurkers"/new members, don't be shy around here we are a good/friendly group.
 Thank you, TNT! I feel fortunate to have found my way here as a friend of Servocrow.  She was kind enough to share you all with a fellow weather junkie, eventhough I don't live remotely close to Tennessee.    Your coverage yesterday was incredible.  As Titan's Fan eluded to, the burden/conflict you all bear in this work, with this great almost love/hate relationship you have with these fascinating yet horrifying/terrifying killers, was quite evident and your pain was palpable.  It added a dimension to my memory of this catastrophic historic event that I will never ever forget. Though I felt a bit like a voyeur into an intensely personal family time, I have to thank you, very sincerely, for the opportunity.

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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2469 on: April 28, 2011, 10:46:07 PM »
Does anyone know the "official" number of missing? Or is that number still even uncertain? This is going to be a long next few days as we get these numbers down, like I said early today...this is just the start of the reports.

As far as I know for Ringgold, and this is based on my uncle who is in the Catoosa court system, a lot of the people missing(not confirmed deaths) are people that were near the interstate and not just in the the city. Those are people who were just driving through, pumping gas, at the drive-thru, etc...people who probably had no idea what was coming there way.

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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2470 on: April 28, 2011, 10:47:29 PM »
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we need a "like" button.. this is perfect. I was going to watch it - but now really do not care. I am going to Mass first thing in the morning instead and pray for the people affected and the could that were lost....

Nightline gave the storms a whole whopping 5 minutes before they switched to the wedding....
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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2471 on: April 28, 2011, 10:59:55 PM »
From one of my friends on Facebook...

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WBRC-TV Our sister station to the north, WAFF, reports 147 people are dead between Franklin County and Hackleburg. <<<wow. That is a VERY rural area too... I need to find out just how rural. Could be a decent percent of the total population gone in a flash.

WBRC is a station out of ATL. There is some confusion if this has been added to the death toll...or, since this still may be unconfirmed, it very well may not be.

I can't get over how bad a situation this is...I just want to go to sleep, wake up, and find out none of this ever happened.
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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2472 on: April 28, 2011, 11:08:33 PM »
There are people here stating that one of the motels in Ringgold suffered heavy casualties, in the neighborhood of 70 people. If you've seen pictures of it you will know why...there isn't much left. This is more than likely why they asked for the mass casualty morgue to be setup.

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Re: Historic Tornado Outbreak: 4/27/11
« Reply #2473 on: April 28, 2011, 11:15:27 PM »
Honestly, I can't see any huge number of people not already accounted for in the death toll. It's been 24 hours and I know the devastation is awful, but there's no way the death toll is off by 70 or 147 people, imo.

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« Reply #2474 on: April 28, 2011, 11:21:48 PM »
Honestly, I can't see any huge number of people not already accounted for in the death toll. It's been 24 hours and I know the devastation is awful, but there's no way the death toll is off by 70 or 147 people, imo.

Agreed, that is why I asked if anyone knew the official missing numbers...that would clear some of these "death reports" up.

But I seriously feel we honestly do not know the number of missing...which is down right horrifying to me.
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