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Tornado tears 6 mile path across Opelika


Weather around east
Alabama got a little bumpy
on Saturday evening as
several strong to severe
thunderstorms rocked the
area. High winds, hail, and
downpours were reported
in Chambers, Lee, and Rus

sell Counties. Areas of Lee
County most near the city
of Opelika took the brunt
of the storm where the Na

tional Weather Service has
confirmed an EF-0 tornado
touched down on Saturday.
Damage was reported
in various areas around
Opelika, mostly near
Alabama Highway 169 and
Uniroyal Road. The damage
included several uprooted
trees, shingle and roof dam

age, downed powerlines,
and some vehicle damage.
Despite the power of the
storm there were no injuries
reported as a result of the
The National Weather
Service in Birmingham sent
a survey team to Opelika
on Sunday to inspect the
damage, to see how many
tornadoes had touched down
and the strength of the tor

nado. The National Weather
Service team did find dam

age around Opelika and the
Beauregard community that
included damage to suggest
that a single tornado ranked
as an EF-0 with maximum
winds of 85 mph touched
NWS says the tornado
touched down near S. 3rd
Street around 6:36 p.m.
on Saturday. The tornado
carved a 6.3 mile long path
southeastward across
Opelika before lifting near
Moores Mill Road. NWS
says the storm had a maxi

mum width of 500-yards
at its peak. As the storm
moved it toppled trees in an
area from S. 3rd Street to
Interstate 85 before coming
an area near Chewacla Road
and Alabama Highway 169.
The National Weather Service called the storm a
rare-summertime tornado
in Alabama. Which usually
sees the majority of its tor

nado activity in the spring.
The city of Opelika was also
hit with a EF-0 tornado with
winds of between 70-75
mph on March 1, 2016. The
storm tore a 3-mile long
path across north parts of the
city near Oak Bowery Road.
There were no injuries re

ported in that storm as well.