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Weedon Field EF-2 Tornado (Barbour County)
  March 3, 2019

 

Event Summary

EF-2
Estimated Maximum Wind:
130 mph
Injuries/Fatalities:
None
Damage Path Length:
4.20 miles
Maximum Path Width:
600 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
3 NW Old Town Creek Rec Area
31.9483/-85.1537
at 358 pm 
Approximate End Point/Time:
3 NE Old Town Creek Rec Area
31.9485/-85.0833
at 403 pm 

 

NWS Meteorologists surveyed damage just north of Eufaula in Barbour County and determined it was the result of a tornado.

A tornado touched down about 4 miles north of Eufaula, between US Highway 82 and US Highway 431. The tornado started at the very end of Hidden Acres Road, due west of Weedon Field. At this initial point, several trees were knocked down and a few outbuildings were damaged. The tornado continued east northeast and crossed County Road 97. Here, the tornado strengthened slightly. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted, a few mobile homes suffered damaged, and a few homes suffered some roof damage. The tornado stayed on its path and entered the Weedon Field complex. This is where the most extensive damage occurred. Numerous trees around the complex were snapped and uprooted. One home suffered damage, several metal structure buildings were completely destroyed, and several airplanes were damaged or destroyed. The tornado moved eastward and weakened slightly after crossing US Highway 431. The tornado damaged a few buildings and downed trees along Roseland Drive. Some evaluation of the damage east of US Highway 431 is still underway. The tornado then crossed Walter F George Reservoir (Chattahoochee River) and into Georgia and produced additional damage. 

 

Radar Image
Reflectivity (top left), storm-relative velocity (top right), velocity (bottom left), and correlation coefficient (bottom right) of the tornado just after it damaged the Weedon Field airport.
Images are from KEOX at 402 pm.

 

Damage Photo
 Aerial View of Weedon Field
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  Fire Dept. Damage
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  Airport Hangar Destroyed
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  Airport Hangar Destroyed
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 Home Damaged