RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)-- Four tornadoes have been confirmed from Sunday's storms in Alabama.
The storms came in three rounds beginning early Sunday morning, continuing through the early hours of Monday. The first round brought severe storms and tornadoes to the southeastern parts of the state. The National Weather Service in Birmingham has confirmed two tornado touchdowns in Russell County.
The first tornado touched down at 8:43 a.m. Sunday and was on the ground two minutes. Survey teams estimate the path length as near a half-mile, but note the tornado tracked over a rural, water-logged stretch of land so much of the path is inaccessible. The storm crossed Perry's Well Road and continued to cause tree damage. Maximum sustained winds were pegged at 95 miles per hour.
The second Russell County tornado touched down at 9:17 a.m. Sunday south of County Road 18, near Alabama Highway 165. The tornado crossed Highway 165 and caused damage to several businesses in the drop zone market. This tornado caused roof and siding damage to numerous houses in two subdivisions. Part of Fort Benning was also affected before the tornado reached the Chattahoochee River and crossed into Georgia. This tornado was on the ground nearly 4.5 miles and had max winds of 95 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in Cherokee County Sunday morning. Max winds were estimated around 80 miles per hour, and the total path length was 3.5 miles. The tornado touched down along Keener Road near the city of Leesburg. Multiple trees were either snapped or uprooted. The tornado lifted near the intersection of County Road 166 and County Road 670.
The team found the damage caused in the Pleasant Valley community in Calhoun County-- north of Jacksonville-- to have been caused by straight-lined winds. The agricultural building at Pleasant Valley High School sustained damage.
The National Weather Service Office in Tallahassee, Florida has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Henry County Sunday morning. The tornado was on the ground a little more than two miles, and tracked just southwest of Abbeville, where several train cars were flipped off the tracks near Alabama Highway 173. Initial estimates of max wind speeds were at 105 miles per hour, but may be adjusted upward later.