National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Crawford EF-0 Tornado (Russell/Lee Co)
  February 15, 2016


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in northern Russell County and extreme southern Lee County and have determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-0 tornado. Winds were estimated to be around 75 mph.

The tornado touched down just southwest of Padgett Road in northwestern Russell County, where sporadic tree damage was noted. As the tornado continued northeastward, the most significant tree damage was observed along Brown Road, where numerous trees were uprooted or snapped in a sporadic pattern. The tornado paralleled Brown Road for several miles, where a few homes sustained shingle damage. An outbuilding along Brown Road just southwest of Crawford sustained heavy roof damage. An uninhabited single family home sustained damage as a large cedar tree fell onto it just north of Crawford along Bleeker Road. The final tree damage from the tornado was noted just inside the Lee County line along County Road 179.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
75 mph
Damage Path Length:
7.2 miles
Maximum Path Width:
250 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 700 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 708 pm


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Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the tornado just before it crossed US Hwy 80 in Crawford.
Images are from KMXX at 705pm.


Shed damage

Tree on house