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Jones Chapel EF1 Tornado Confirmed

by | Apr 24, 2017 | Breaking News, County News, Cullman, Extreme Weather, Images, Public Safety, Videos, Weather

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Jones Chapel EF1 Tornado Confirmed

NWS and Cullman County EMA survey team found evidence of an EF-1 tornado near Jones Chapel and straight line wind damage near Battleground.

The obvious has been officially confirmed after Friday night’s wave of severe weather across northwestern Cullman County: An EF-1 Tornado came through Jones Chapel.

A survey of the damage in northwestern Cullman County conducted by the National Weather Service (NWS) and Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) reveals the following:

tornado video from Elizabeth Wilkins

OVERVIEW

NWS and Cullman County EMA survey team found evidence of an EF-1 tornado near Jones Chapel and straight line wind damage near Battleground.

JONES CHAPEL TORNADO
Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 MPH
Path length /Statute/: 4.39 Miles
Path width /Maximum/: 200 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start date: 04/22/2017
Start time: 540 PM
Start location: 2.5 NW Jones Chapel
Start Lat/Lon: 34.24 -87.08

End date: 04/22/2017
End time: 555 PM
End location: 1.6 SE Jones Valley
End_lat/lon: 34.18 -87.04

SUMMARY
NWS Huntsville and Cullman County EMA survey team determined a 200-yard swath of damage adjacent to widespread straight line wind damage was attributed to an EF-1 tornado. Max winds were estimated at 100 MPH.

The tornado appeared to develop near the intersection of CR 1043 and CR 1047 where roof damage to a farm house was noted. The tornado continues near CR 1043 and uprooted several trees before heavily damaging a farm structure west of the CR 1043 and CR 1082 intersection.

Sporadic tree limb damage was noted between CR 1082 and CR 1039 north of Jones Chapel.

South of Jones Chapel, several chicken houses were severely damaged by the tornado before dissipating near the CR 991/992.

Convergent damage from the uprooted trees north of Jones Chapel coincided with a tightening rotation velocity gradient from KHTX which led to the conclusion that a tornado touched town.

EF SCALE

The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0…Weak……65 to 85 MPH
EF1…Weak……86 to 110 MPH
EF2…Strong….111 to 135 MPH
EF3…Strong….136 to 165 MPH
EF4…Violent…166 To 200 MPH
EF5…Violent…>200 MPH

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Jones Chapel EF1 Tornado Confirmed

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