Cullman County Tornado Rated EF-3

Cullman County Road 703 near Welti from Randa Duke

Cullman County Road 703 near Welti from Randa Duke

Timeline of Monday’s Storms

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
820 PM CDT WED APR 30 2014

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 4/28/14 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE #3...

.UPDATE...ADDED 4 TORNADOES FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY ALABAMA...AND
MADISON...LINCOLN...AND CULLMAN COUNTIES. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
ADDED TO THE LINCOLN COUNTY EF-3.

.WELTI/BERLIN (CULLMAN) TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-3 
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    145 MPH PATH 
LENGTH /STATUTE/:       8.81 MILES 
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   350 YARDS 
FATALITIES:             0 
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APR_28_2014 
START TIME:             939 PM CDT 
START LOCATION:         CR 636 IN WELTI, AL 
START LAT/LON:          34.0957/-86.7598

END DATE:               APR_28_2014 
END TIME:               958 PM CDT 
END LOCATION:           HWY 69 JUST EAST OF CR 747 IN BERLIN, AL 
END LAT/LON:            34.2233/-86.7407

*SURVEY_SUMMARY: A TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN IN THE WELTI COMMUNITY 
ALONG CR 636. NUMEROUS HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED IN 
THIS AREA. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTH WITH SIGNIFICANT 
DAMAGE TO A ONE STORY HOME ALONG CR 601. MAJOR ROOF UPLIFT WAS 
NOTED TO THIS HOME AND A BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT THE SAME 
SITE WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND BLOWN SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS. A 
LARGE TRAVEL TRAILER WAS ALSO ROLLED. DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS 
DEEMED EF-2 IN INTENSITY. FURTHER NORTH ALONG THE ROAD A LARGE 
OUTBUILDING WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. 

THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED AS IT MOVED NORTHWARD CROSSING THE BROGLEN 
RIVER. HERE THE TORNADO WIDENS TO NEAR 350 YARDS. MANY HARDWOOD 
TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED ALONG THE PATH. A CHICKEN FARM 
SUSTAINED DAMAGE ALONG CR 732. NEAR THIS LOCATION ALONG CR 736 A 
WELL CONSTRUCTED TWO STORY BRICK HOME SUSTAINED SEVERE DAMAGE WHEN 
THE UPSTAIRS WAS COMPLETELY WIPED AWAY AND BLOWN SEVERAL HUNDRED 
YARDS INTO A RAVINE. THE OCCUPANTS OF THE HOME WERE INTERVIEWED AND 
STATED THEY RECEIVED THE WARNING AND SHELTERED SAFELY IN THEIR 
BASEMENT. LARGE DEBRIS MISSILES WERE SEEN EMBEDDED IN THE 
SURROUNDING FIELDS. SEVERAL TREES IN THIS AREA WERE ALSO SEVERELY 
MANGLED AND PARTIALLY DEBARKED. DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS RATED LOW 
END EF-3. 

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO TRACK NORTHWARD RIPPING THE ROOF COMPLETELY 
OFF A HOME AT THE INTERSECTION OF CR 736 AND 703. THE TORNADO 
INTENSITY OSCILLATED AS IT TRACKED NORTHWARD TOWARD THE BERLIN 
COMMUNITY. NUMEROUS WOODEN POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED ALONG CR 703. 
NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED AS IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 278 
WITH SOME TREES SHEARED NEAR THE BASE. 

A TVA SUBSTATION SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WITH LARGE ELECTRICAL 
LINES DAMAGED AND POLES SNAPPED AND DESTROYED. THE SURVEY TEAM WAS 
NOT ABLE TO FULLY OBSERVE THIS DAMAGE DUE TO SECURITY RESTRICTIONS 
BUT ONLINE PHOTOS INDICATE THAT THIS PARTICULAR DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT 
WITH AT LEAST HIGH END EF-2 OR POSSIBLY EF-3 DAMAGE. A CHICKEN FARM 
SUSTAINED SEVERE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WITH ONE HOUSE COMPLETELY WIPED 
TO THE GROUND WITH THE METAL TRUSSES SEVERELY MANGLED. 25,000 
CHICKENS WERE KILLED IN THIS ONE LOCATION. A MOBILE HOME ALONG CR 
747 WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH DEBRIS THROWN OVER 50 YARDS. 
ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO WEAKENED 
QUITE RAPIDLY AFTER THIS POINT LIFTING JUST NORTH OF HWY 69.

SURVEYED BY: DARDEN/AMIN