LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The National Weather Service office in Huntsville said damage in Limestone County Sunday appears to have been caused by a tornado.
The weather service said early Monday afternoon that after re-evaluating radar data and looking at damage west-southwest of Athens they believed an EF-0 twister touched down in the area.
The tornado’s peak wind was estimated at 85 miles per hour and at its widest was about 50 yards, the weather service determined in its Monday survey. It was on the ground for about 5 miles and lasted about 7 minutes.
The weather service determined the tornado touched down about a third of a mile west of Zelner and Ripley roads, damaging trees and heading along Bell Road, where it snapped a tree off at its base and lifted a roof off a porch on a small home.
The tornado continued northeast, causing roof and window damage at a mobile home park on Chris Way, located off Blackburn Road. It also pushed one mobile home about 6 feet off of its pad, but left it intact.
The tornado continued northeast and crossed Highway 72, heavily damaging a metal-sided outbuilding and doing some roof and siding damaged to some more metal buildings on the south side of the road. It then damaged signs at a gas station on the north side of 72 at West Washington Street.
The twister damaged trees and uprooted some along Washington Street, including knocking down a large branch on a home at Washington and Glenn Valley Drive. After that, it lifted and caused some minor tree damage farther northeast in the western part of Athens.