National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Longleaf Drive EF-0 Tornado (Lee County)
  January 22, 2017


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in southwest Lee County and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-0 tornado.

A tornado formed along County Road 14 just south of Interstate 85 where a few small pine trees were uprooted and some large branches were broken.  The tornado continued northeast, crossing Interstate 85 near Beehive Road and Cox Road, before peeling back half of the roof of a mobile home at the Windover Farm Mobile Home Park.  It crossed Veterans Boulevard and then caused shingle damage to multiple apartment buildings near Longleaf Drive while breaking tree branches.  The tornado dissipated as it crossed Alabama State Road 267 near the southwest boundary of the Auburn University campus.  The tornado was 4.76 miles long and was 200 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado was rated an EF-0 with maximum winds around 70 mph.

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




Estimated Maximum Wind:
70 mph
Damage Path Length:
4.76 miles
Maximum Path Width:
200 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
4 NE Tuskegee National Forest
at 146 pm CST
Approximate End Point/Time:
1 SW Auburn
at 156 pm CST


GIS Data



Reflectivity (left) and Velocity (right).
Images are from KMXX at 153 pm CST.


  Roof damage to apartment complex

Roof damage to home

Roof damage to mobile home

Trees uprooted