Severe weather on New Year’s Day led to the threat of heavy rain, strong winds, and tornadoes for the Tennessee Valley. On top of the already three tornadoes that were confirmed that day, an additional two were confirmed on January 10th. These tornadoes touched down in Madison, Colbert, and Limestone counties in Alabama along with Giles County in Tennessee.

The latest information released from the National Weather Service in Huntsville found damage in both Colbert and Limestone counties corresponded with tornadic activity. After surveying damage near Lester in Limestone County, the National Weather Service determined the damage to be associated with an EF-1 tornado. The tornado touched down 2 miles southwest of Lester at 4:04 pm and was on the ground for 8 minutes. Along a nearly five and a half-mile-long damage path, trees were snapped or uprooted. The peak winds for this EF-1 tornado were 86 mph.

After surveying damage near Muscle Shoals in Colbert County, the National Weather Service determined the damage to be associated with an EF-0 tornado. The tornado touched down 2 miles south of Muscle Shoals at 6:03 pm and was on the ground for 3 minutes. Along the two-mile damage path, a few trees were uprooted and some minor shingle damage occurred at multiple homes. The peak winds for this EF-0 tornado were 65 mph.

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Information on the other confirmed tornadoes

The first tornado that was confirmed occurred near the Hazel Green community. The tornado touched down 2 miles NW of Hazel Green and had about a nine-mile long travel path. Minor structural damage occurred to homes and businesses in this area. The tornado had peak winds near 85 mph, EF0 tornado, and lead to 1 injury.

The second tornado touched down 3 miles WSW of Triana and was on the ground for just over 3.5 miles. The tornado touched down just west of County Line Road in Limestone County where a couple of trees were uprooted. The tornado then moved towards the east-northeast, uprooting more trees along Wall Triana Highway. The tornado had peak winds near 80 mph, making it an EF0 Tornado.

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The National Weather Service in Nashville has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Giles County on January 1st. The tornado touched down 3 miles ENE of Lester and traveled nearly 10 miles before lifting 2 miles SW of Elkton. Several barns sustained roof damage and trees were uprooted. The peak winds associated with this tornado were 90 mph.

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