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Phenix City EF-0 Tornado (Russell County)
  April 14, 2019


Event Summary

Estimated Maximum Wind:
85 mph
Damage Path Length:
0.57 miles
Maximum Path Width:
50 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
3 SE Phenix City
at 914 am
Approximate End Point/Time:
3 SE Phenix City
at 915 am


National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed the damage southeast of Phenix City in Russell County and determined it was the result of a tornado with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

The tornado began at the Phenix City Water Treatment facility where several uprooted and snapped trees were observed along with substantial roof damage to the facility headquarters. It then moved north-northeast along State Docks Road before moving across the Chattahoochee River. The tornado continued into Georgia between Rotary Park and 22nd Avenue snapping a few tree limbs between Victory Drive and Blanchard Blvd. It traveled due north, damaging a metal roof/awning and knocking out several gas pumps at a gas station off Martin Luther Ling Jr. Blvd. in the Avondale community. Metal panels were pulled off of a one-story metal warehouse off Cusseta Road, just south of the gas station. A large tree was uprooted and it knocked down powerlines along 17th Street, just west of Wildwood and Weracoba Parks. This tornado lifted just beyond this location.


Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation as the tornado touched down.
Images are from KMXX at 916 am.


Damage Photo
  Roof Damage