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Birmingham AL
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3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BILLINGSLEY
TORNADO
NWS METEOROLOGISTS HAVE DETERMINED THAT A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN AUTAUGA COUNTY ABOUT THREE MILES SOUTHWEST OF BILLINGSLEY. THOUGH NO DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED, A BRIEF TORNADO MOST LIKELY OCCURRED IN AN INACCESSIBLE AREA APPROXIMATELY ONE-THIRD MILE NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 82 AND COUNTY ROAD 37. AT THIS INTERSECTION, STORM CHASER VIDEO SHOWS WHAT APPEARS TO BE A FUNNEL CLOUD WITH RISING MOTION JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY 82. SECONDS LATER, REAR-FLANK DOWNDRAFT (RFD) WINDS ARE ALSO EVIDENT AS THE STORM CHASER RELOCATES TO THE SOUTH. THIS MATCHES UP WELL WITH RADAR DATA FROM KBMX, AND A TORNADO DEBRIS SIGNATURE (TDS) IS NOTED DOWNSTREAM APPROXIMATELY TWO MINUTES AFTER THE VIDEO ENDED AND FOR SEVERAL MORE SCANS AS THE DEBRIS DISPERSES. THIS TDS WAS ALSO OBSERVED FROM KMXX RADAR. AROUND THE TIME OF THE INITIAL TDS FROM KBMX, A SECOND VIDEO FROM THE SAME STORM CHASER WAS TAKEN ONE-HALF MILE SOUTH OF THE FIRST VIDEO, SHOWING AN OCCLUDING CIRCULATION AND RFD CLEAR SLOT.
DATE
12/01/2018
TIME
3:49 PM
COUNTY
AUTAUGA
STATE
AL
SOURCE
NWS STORM SURVEY
GEOGRAPHIC
32.63N 86.74W

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