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Isolated Tornado Damage on May 13th, 2012


Roxana (Lee) EF-0 Tornado

Estimated Maximum Wind:
50-60 mph
Damage Path Length:
2.3 miles
Maximum Path Width:
50 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
32.6557/-85.6899 at 202 pm 
Approximate End Point/Time:
32.6772/-85.6614 at 211 pm

Lee County Emergency Management surveyed damage in northwestern Lee County from storms on May 13th. It has been determined that the damage was consistent with a very weak tornado. This is supported by radar imagery that indicated tight rotation within 300 feet of the ground. The tornado touched down just west of County Road 217 and crossed the road, where it did damage to tree branches including one downed tree branch. The tornado continued 2.1 miles to the northeast and crossed County Road 66, where it snapped one small pine tree before dissipating. The tornado had maximum winds of 50 to 60 mph with a path width of 50 yards.

A tornado warning was in effect from 200 pm until 230 pm.