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Loachapoka Tornado - Lee County
April 10, 2009


Estimated Maximum Wind:
100 mph
Damage Path Length:
5.50 mile
Maximum Path Width:
300 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
32.6114/-85.6293 at 730 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
32.5936/-85.5372 at 737 pm

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Lee County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 100 mph.

This tornado was produced by the same supercell thunderstorm that dropped the very large hail swath and the Simmons Crossroads Tornado. The tornado touched down just west of Loachapoka along Lee Road 64. The tornado entered Loachapoka near the intersection of County Road 188 and State Highway 14. The tornado nearly paralleled State Highway 14 before lifting just south of State Highway 14 east of Lee Road 51. Numerous trees were snapped off and uprooted along the path. In Loachapoka, a church sustained moderate roof damage, several barns and outbuildings suffered varying degrees of damage, a few vehicles were damaged by the fallen trees. The tornado damage path was 5.50 miles long and was 300 yards wide at its widest point.





Damage Path

Damage Path

The top image is a KMXX 0.5 degree reflectivity loop. The bottom image is a KMXX 0.5 degree storm relative velocity loop. The green indicates wind blowing toward the radar while red indicates wind blowing away from the radar. This storm exhibited gate-to-gate rotation and a pronounced hook echo at times.