NWS confirms 2 tornadoes on Feb. 15 in Russell, Lee counties

NWS confirms 2 tornadoes on Feb. 15 in Russell, Lee counties

RUSSELL COUNTY / LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - The National Weather Service has confirmed at least two tornadoes touched down in Russell and Lee counties during the severe weather on Monday, Feb. 15.

The first tornado touched down at about 6:57 p.m. CST just southwest of Huguley Road in Russell County, where it quickly intensified, snapping and uprooting numerous trees.

The tornado achieved maximum intensity at this location, with winds estimated around 90 miles per hour.

The most concentrated tree damage to mostly softwood trees was also observed. Moving quickly northeastward, the tornado crossed Capps Road, Phillips Road, Willis Valley Road, and Herring Road.

A large steel truss shed was completely destroyed on Herring Road and lofted upward over power lines.

Two power poles were toppled due to the impact of the shed debris on the power lines.

An adjacent single family home sustained shingle damage and a small brick chimney collapsed.

These were the only structures damaged in this tornado. Continuing northeastward, the tornado crossed U.S. Highway 80.

Sporadic tree damage was noted along Green Dudley Road before ending at Thomas Road.

The second tornado touched down at about 7 p.m. CST just southwest of Padgett Road in northwestern Russell County, where sporadic tree damage was noted.

As the tornado continued northeastward, the most significant tree damage was observed along brown road where numerous trees were uprooted or snapped in a sporadic pattern.

The tornado paralleled Brown Road for several miles, where a few homes sustained shingle damage.

An outbuilding along Brown Road just southwest of Crawford sustained heavy roof damage.

An uninhabited single family home sustained damage as a large cedar tree fell onto it just north of Crawford along Bleeker Road.

The final tree damage from the tornado was noted just inside the Lee County line along County Road 179.

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