The National Weather Service in Birmingham spent Monday, March 4th surveying damage left behind by Sunday’s deadly severe weather. The NWS focuses on Macon, Lee, and Barbour Counties, where multiple tornadoes likely touched down Sunday afternoon. There are 5-6 potential tornado tracks the NWS surveyed, and 2 of those tracks are in Lee County.
Lee County is where 23 fatalities were reported, and where one of the strongest tornadoes likely hit. The NWS office in Birmingham’s preliminary survey results shows EF-4 tornado damage along County Road 39 in Southwestern Lee County. They estimate wind speeds of 170 mph, which easily leveled single-family homes.
Here are the other preliminary reports from the NWS we’ve received:
- Autauga County: EF-0 tornado damage confirmed along County Rd 33
- Barbour County: EF-2 tornado damage confirmed northwest of Eufaula
- Barbour County: EF-1 tornado damage near County Road 79
- Macon/Lee County: EF-2 tornado damage confirmed near Tuskegee
- Bullock County: EF-0 tornado damage confirmed along County Rd 8
Remember that preliminary reports are subject to change. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.