National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


Lamar County Airport EF-1 Tornado (Lamar Co)
  November 29, 2016


Event Summary

National Weather Service meteorologists surveyed damage in Central Lamar County and determined that the damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado. The tornado touched down about 3 miles west southwest of the Lamar County Airport, near the intersection of Buck Jackson Road and Morris Road. There were several trees with large branches removed and a few trees that were snapped off. The tornado moved northeastward and crossed County Road 25 and Country Club Road. Several trees were snapped or uprooted and a few mobile homes suffered minor damage. The tornado then hit the Lamar County Airport at US Highway 17. Two hangers were destroyed, three planes were destroyed, several outbuildings were destroyed, one restaurant sustained roof damage, several mobile homes sustained minor damage and one home was destroyed. The tornado continued northeastward and produced more tree damage and minor mobile home damage on Pitts Road and Bluebird Road. Additional damage was located on Taylor Springs Road where several trees were uprooted and snapped off, a few homes sustained roof damage, and a few mobile homes were damaged. The tornado continued to snap off trees until it lifted near the intersection of County Road 49 and Garrison Road. The tornado was 9.69 miles long and was 600 yards wide at its widest point. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with maximum winds around 105 mph.





Estimated Maximum Wind:
105 mph
Damage Path Length:
9.69 miles
Maximum Path Width:
600 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
at 1140 pm
Approximate End Point/Time:
at 1153 pm


GIS Data



Velocity (left) and reflectivity (right) as the tornado approached the airport.
Images are from KGWX at 1143 pm.


 Roof damage

Hanger damage

  Hanger destroyed

Structure destroyed