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Tornado touches down in Cusseta

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The National Weather
Service office in Birming

ham has confirmed that
an EF0 tornado touched
down in southern portions
of Chambers County and
parts of Lee County on
Thursday. The twister left
some minor damage in the
Cusseta area but resulted
in no injuries as it carved a
path across parts of Cham-
bers County.
According to a survey
team from the NWS Bir

mingham office a severe
thunderstorm spanned
a tornado at 12:12 p.m.
central time on Thursday
afternoon. NWS suspects
the twister formed near the
Wooshin USA plant locate
between Chambers County
Road 177 and Interstate
85.
As the twister formed
it tossed some lightweight
bin liners into the air at the
Wooshin USA facility. The
storm also blew over some
empty bins at the industrial
facility. As the tornado
carved a path through the
Cusseta Industrial Park it
moved towards the Ajin
USA plant where there was
some minor roof damage
reported, including a roof-
top air conditioning unit
being peel off the rooftop.
The tornado traveled
northeastward and caused
some minor damage to the
corner fa├žade of the Shel-
ton Fireworks Store. The
tornado continued to travel
in a northeastward path as
it crossed over Interstate
85. NWS suspects the
twister began to weaken as
it crossed the highway and
neared Judge Brown Road,
where there was little dam-
age reported.
As the path continued
for the rapidly weaken-
ing tornado trees were
reported to be uprooted
along County Road 495
and County Road 519. A
tin overhang attached to a
mobile home was re-
moved and blown away on
County Road 519. Shortly
afterwards the twister dis-
sipated near County Road
519.
The National Weather
Service survey team
suspects the tornado had a
rating of EF0 with maxi-
mum winds of 65 mph.
The maximum with of the
twister was 50 yards as it
carved a 2.72 mile path
across Chambers and a
small part of Lee County.
NWS says the storm was
only on the ground for
about 4 minutes.
The storm resulted in
no injuries and only minor
damage according to
NWS. The storm system
had a history of creating
damage including numer-
ous tornadoes in several
states including Texas,
Louisiana, Arkansas, and
Mississippi. Unfavorable
atmosphere conditions
in Alabama caused the
storm to weaken and only
isolated minor pockets of
severe weather occurred
across the state.