National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Pierce Chapel Rd EF-0 Tornado (Lee Co)
  April 6, 2016


Event Summary

NWS Meteorologists surveyed damage along Pierce Chapel Road/County Road 47, south of Opelika, and determined that an EF-0 tornado occurred.

This tornado resulted from the same storm circulation that produced an EF-0 near The Greens Apartments toward the west. Initial damage was seen along County Road 47, between Society Hill Road and County Road 27, of which included a large downed tree, broken tree branches, and a few pieces of metal sheeting removed from an outbuilding. The tornado remained on the north side of County Road 47 for a period of time, producing additional vegetative damage. The circulation then ran along County Road 47, nearing Alabama Highway 51, where several trees were uprooted and snapped. The tornado then weakened as it moved east, dissipating at County Road 166, but still took down a few trees between Highway 51 and County Road 166.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
76 mph
Damage Path Length:
4.71 miles
Maximum Path Width:
200 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 1144 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 1150 pm




Images are from KMXX at 1145 pm.