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By: national weather service

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
333 PM CST WED DEC 9 2009

...SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS AND GRADIENT WINDS TUESDAY NIGHT...

GUSTY SOUTHERLY WINDS BROUGHT A DEEP FLOW OF MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR
OUT AHEAD OF A STRONG...FAST MOVING UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM...AND
PRODUCED A NUMBER OF SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA
TUESDAY EVENING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. GUSTY SURFACE WINDS OF UP
TO 50 MPH CAUSED SOME TREES TO FALL BEFORE THUNDERSTORMS EVER
ARRIVED. SEVERAL LOCATIONS IN WEST-CENTRAL ALABAMA REPORTED DAMAGE
ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS WHILE MANY COUNTIES
RECEIVED SOME MINOR DAMAGE FROM THE GRADIENT WINDS.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE ESTIMATED PEAK WIND GUSTS RECORDED ACROSS
CENTRAL ALABAMA:

LOCATION PEAK WIND GUST (MPH)

BIRMINGHAM AP (JEFFERSON CO) 53
DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM (JEFFERSON CO) 60
ANNISTON (CALHOUN CO) 40
TUSCALOOSA AP (TUSCALOOSA CO) 43
DOWNTOWN TUSCALOOSA (TUSCALOOSA CO) 53
SHELBY CO AP (SHELBY CO) 45
MT CHEAHA (CLEBURNE CO) 50
CLANTON (CHILTON CO) 32
DEMOPOLIS (MARENGO CO) 48
GADSDEN (ETOWAH CO) 40
HAMILTON (MARION CO) 40
INVERNESS (SHELBY CO) 44
MONTEVALLO (SHELBY CO) 61
OPELIKA (LEE CO) 46
ARLEY (WINSTON CO) 51
HALEYVILLE (WINSTON CO) 33
ALABASTER (SHELBY CO) 48

A SURVEY TEAM WAS SENT TO PICKENS AND TUSCALOOSA COUNTIES TO
INVESTIGATE AREAS OF DAMAGE. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT ALL DAMAGE
SURVEYED WAS THE RESULT OF STRONG GRADIENT WINDS OR SEVERE STRAIGHT
LINE WINDS. AT THIS TIME...NO ADDITIONAL STORM SURVEYS ARE
EXPECTED.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND
PARTNERS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF
ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES...PLEASE CONTACT
YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE...OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING
HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.


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