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NWS agrees tornado touched down near Oak Bowery


By Alton Mitchell

Last Tuesday was a rough one as storms raced towards the LaFayette and Chambers County area things got extremely scary for a bit as a storm along the Chambers County and Lee County gave indicators that it had gone tornadic. That storm sparked a tornado warning Tuesday night for both Lee and Chambers County.

As day broke on Wednesday and skies began to clear and some minor damage was seen in Lee County in the area near where the tornado warning was issued. Representatives from the National Weather Services office in Birmingham visited the area on that day to see if they could see any evidence that would support the theory that a tornado had touched down in the area.

Officials with the NWS searched an area north of Opelika and South of LaFayette near Oak Bowery Road and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course the trail of damaged extended to an area near Andrews Road in Lee County.

Officials from the NWS did see enough signs to support their theory and announced that a small tornado with a rank of an EF-0 had touched down in that area. The EF-0 rating means that winds with the tornado reached speeds up to 70 mph. luckily with the storm there was no major damage in the area and no injuries most of the damage was confined to downed trees and limbs and some scattered debris in the area.

Springtime is right around the corner and in the spring months tornadoes become more numerous with strong style storm cells in this region of the country. In addition to the tornado near the Lee-Chambers County line two other tornadoes touched down that day in Alabama one was an EF-2 in Jefferson County and also an EF-0 in Talladega County. No injuries have been reported with any of the Alabama tornadoes last week.