Limestone County Tornado Rated EF-3

Posted on: 9:23 pm, April 29, 2014, by , updated on: 09:25pm, April 29, 2014

Aerial views of Monday’s tornado damage: WHNT.com

.LIMESTONE COUNTY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    140 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  15.7 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   600 YARDS
FATALITIES:             2
INJURIES:               APPROX. 30

START DATE:             APR 28 2014
START TIME:             447 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 SE ROGERSVILLE
START LAT/LON:          34.7753 / -87.2324

END DATE:               APR 28 2014
END TIME:               514 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 N ATHENS
END LAT/LON:            34.8184 / -86.9633

SURVEY SUMMARY: A TORNADO RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED NEAR WHEELER LAKE
AT THE INTERSECTION OF LAWRENCE...LAUDERDALE...AND LIMESTONE 
COUNTY AROUND 4:47 PM CDT...MONDAY APRIL 28TH RESULTING IN 
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE ACROSS SOUTHWEST LIMESTONE COUNTY. 

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THE BAY HILL MARINA IN LIMESTONE
COUNTY WHERE A 2-STORY CONDOMINIUM WAS DESTROYED AND A LARGE METAL
BUILDING STRUCTURE /USED TO STORE BOATS/ SUSTAINED NEARLY COMPLETE
FAILURE OF ITS EXTERIOR FRAME. ADDITIONAL RESIDENCES AND CONDOS 
HAD ROOF AND EXTERIOR WALL/SIDING DAMAGE AND NUMEROUS LARGE TREES
WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. SEVERAL DOCKS WITH METAL PROTECTIVE 
COVERINGS WERE DESTROYED. THE TORNADO WAS NEAR ITS PEAK INTENSITY
ACROSS THIS AREA...WITH WINDS BETWEEN 120 AND 140 MPH. 

THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST SNAPPING NUMEROUS POWER POLES
NEAR THEIR BASES ALONG SNAKE ROAD. ALONG LOG CABIN ROAD...JUST
SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 72...SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT /IF NOT
COMPLETE/ ROOF LOSS ALONG WITH PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF EXTERIOR WALLS. 
ONE SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE SLID SEVERAL FEET OFF ITS CONCRETE SLAB 
FOUNDATION. A TRAILER WAS ALSO COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE TORNADO
MAINTAINED HIGH-END EF-2/LOW-END EF-3 STRENGTH AS IT CRUSHED BILLY
BARB'S TRAILER PARK ON HIGHWAY 72 IN THE COXEY COMMUNITY. 25 UNITS 
WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED OR UNINHABITABLE. TWO CONFIRMED FATALITIES
OCCURRED AT THIS LOCATION...WITH AT LEAST A DOZEN OTHERS INJURED. 
DEBRIS WAS THROWN ACROSS HIGHWAY 72 NEAR GORDON/NEW CUT ROAD. THE 
TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY 72 ENTERING A MAINLY RURAL AREA OF LIMESTONE
COUNTY. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ON EITHER SIDE OF 
HIGHWAY 72 BETWEEN BLUE SPRINGS ROAD AND PARKER ROAD.

THE LAST SIGNIFICANT AREA OF DAMAGE OCCURRED AT A NEIGHBORHOOD 
COMMUNITY NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SEVEN MILE POST AND QUINN ROAD.
AT THIS 10-ACRE LOCATION...NEARLY EVER HOME /CONCRETE MASONRY UNIT/
SUSTAINED SOME DAMAGE WITH AT LEAST A HALF DOZEN DESTROYED. ONE 
UNIT WAS SWEPT CLEAN OFF ITS FOUNDATION BUT WAS NOT ANCHORED/SECURED
TO ITS FOUNDATION. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST PRODUCING
MAINLY EF-0 AND EF-1 DAMAGE...MINOR ROOF/SIDING DAMAGE AND SNAPPED
OR UPROOTED TREES...BEFORE GRADUALLY LIFTING JUST NORTH OF ATHENS
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF WEST ELM STREET AND NORTH JEFFERSON STREET.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT SPORADIC DAMAGE /MAINLY TREES SNAPPED OR 
UPROOTED/ WAS SEEN EXTENDING AT LEAST 1/2 TO 1 MILE ON EITHER
SIDE OF THE CENTER TRACK OF THIS TORNADO. THIS DAMAGE WAS NOT 
INCLUDED IN THE PATH WIDTH.

OTHER NOTES...TWO MORE SUPERCELLS CROSSED NEARLY THE SAME AREAS
FOLLOWING THIS TORNADO. ADDITIONAL BRIEF TORNADOES COULD HAVE 
OCCURRED VERY CLOSE TO THIS DAMAGE PATH. FURTHER ASSESSMENT MAY
BE NEEDED AS TIME ALLOWS. THE START/END POINTS OF THIS TRACK COULD
ALSO BE ADJUSTED PENDING FURTHER STORM DAMAGE INFORMATION.

APPRECIATION TO THE LIMESTONE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN CONDUCTING THIS STORM SURVEY.

SURVEYED BY: NADLER/BURGESS/RAVENSCRAFT