ATHENS, Ala. – The National Weather Service has released the results of Thursday’s storm survey in portions of Athens.
NWS meteorologists said very little damage was found during the survey, except a weakened oak tree that fell near Market Street.
Winds were estimated to be under 60 mph, and the Weather Service said a possible gustnado developed on the leading edge of Wednesday’s storms.
The Weather Service defines a gustnado as “a small, whirlwind which forms as an eddy in thunderstorm outflows. They do not connect with any cloud-base rotation and are not tornadoes.”
The official NWS definition states that gustnadoes can cause damage, but the damage is considered damage caused by thunderstorm winds.
You can read the full survey results below:
National Weather Service meteorologists, with the help of Limestone County EMA, surveyed portions of Athens, AL. Very little damage was observed in this area, except for a weakened oak tree that was downed near Market Street. Video evidence and eyewitness reports suggest that a possible gustnado developed on the leading edge of a thunderstorm cluster and moved through along Highway 31, north of Tanner. Very minor damage was observed in this area and winds were estimated to be below 60 mph. Special thanks to the Limestone County EMA for their assistance with this survey.