National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Society Hill EF-1 Tornado (Macon & Lee Counties)
  January 21, 2017


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in northeast Macon and southwest Lee Counties and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado.

The tornado touched down north of Society Hill near the intersection of Macon County Road 43 and Macon County Road 24. Several trees were snapped off and one home suffered roof damage shortly after touch down.  The tornado tracked north northeast where it produced additional tree damage.  One home along Macon County Road 43 suffered roof damage.  The tornado continued on its path and eventually lifted after crossing into Lee County near the Auburn University Fisheries.  The tornado was 2.84 miles long and was 100 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with maximum winds around 90 mph.

Thanks to Macon/Lee County EMA's for their assistance with this survey. 


Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
2.84 miles
Maximum Path Width:
100 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
3 N Society Hill
at 848 am CST
Approximate End Point/Time:
4 SW Beauregard
at 850 am CST


GIS Data



Reflectivity (left) and Velocity (right).
Images are from KMXX at 849 am CST.


  Roof damage

Roof damage