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Notasulga-Society Hill-Marvyn Tornado - Tallapoosa/Macon/Lee Counties
April 10, 2009


Estimated Maximum Wind:
100 mph
Damage Path Length:
25.25 mile
Maximum Path Width:
440 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
32.5940/-85.7640 at 826 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
32.4388/-85.3666 at 904 pm

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Tallapoosa, Macon and Lee Counties. 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.

The EF-1 tornado touched down on Happy Hollow Road just northwest of Liberty City. This location is near the Tallapoosa and Macon County line. The tornado traveled southeast and crossed County Roads 75, 38, 54, 57, & 24. The tornado also crossed Interstate 85, US Highway 80, US Highway 29 and State Highway 81. The tornado lifted near US Highway 80 in the Marvyn Community of southern Lee County. Thousands of trees were either snapped off or were uprooted along the damage path. A few mobile homes suffered varying degrees of damage. One mobile home was knocked off its foundation. Several barns had their roofs partially removed. Several structures suffered varying degrees of roof damage. Several homes had windows broken out. Several vehicles had windows broken out. The tornado damage path was 25.25 miles long and was 440 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.