National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Willow Springs Road EF-1 Tornado (Elmore County)
  January 21, 2017


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in southern Elmore County near Willow Springs Road and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado.

The tornado touched down briefly just south of Willow Springs Road and moved north northeast, parallel to Harwell Mill Creek, knocking down a dozen trees.  One tree fell on and destroyed an outbuilding.  The tornado lifted quickly just north of Willow Springs Road and east of Ross Ridge Lane.  The tornado was 0.68 miles long and was 200 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with maximum winds around 90 mph.

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


Estimated Maximum Wind:
90 mph
Damage Path Length:
0.68 miles
Maximum Path Width:
200 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
6.0 ESE Man
at 755 am CST
Approximate End Point/Time:
5.7 SSE Wetumpka 32.4785/-86.1697
at 756 am CST


GIS Data



Reflectivity (left) and Velocity (right).
Images are from KMXX at 754 am CST.


  Tree and fence damage

Tree uprooted