National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Emerald Mountain EF-0 Tornado (Elmore County)
  January 21, 2017


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in southern Elmore County near Emerald Mountain and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-0 tornado.

The tornado touched down briefly along Rifle Range Road near Emerald Mountain Christian Academy, cause damage to fencing and metal siding at the school. The tornado tracked to the northeast before quickly lifting east of Mountain Laurel Road.  The tornado was 0.21 miles long and was 90 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado was rated an EF-0 with maximum winds around 75 mph.

Thanks to Elmore County EMA for their assistance with this survey. 


Estimated Maximum Wind:
75 mph
Damage Path Length:
0.21 miles
Maximum Path Width:
90 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
3.4 WSW Ware 32.4359/-86.1064
at 757 am CST
Approximate End Point/Time:
3.3 WSW Ware 32.4388/-86.1052
at 757 am CST


GIS Data



Reflectivity (left) and Velocity (right).
Images are from KMXX at 756 am CST.


  Fence damage

Tree damage & debris