Lee Co. EMA: Confirmed tornado hit north of Opelika on Super Tue - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Lee Co. EMA: Confirmed tornado hit north of Opelika on Super Tuesday

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LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - The Lee County Emergency Management Agency confirmed that during a tornado warning on Tuesday, they were alerted to a tornado in their area by the National Weather Service.

The tornado warning, issued at 8:33 p.m. CST, prompted the NWS in Birmingham to alert Lee Co. EMA that a confirmed tornado was on the ground in the northwest portion of Opelika.

"Due to the nature of this storm, the warning was lifted soon after it crossed over I-85," the Lee Co. EMA Facebook post said.

The NWS canceled the tornado warning for both Lee and Chambers counties before 9 p.m. CST.

Both Lee Co. EMA and the NWS are working to gather information about the strength of the storm and any damage it caused last night.

Initial damage assessments include the areas around Oak Bowery Road and Andrews Road, with "some trees and limbs on the ground and/or roadways" near the Opelika SportsPlex.

"Please use caution traveling in these areas due to poor visibility and wet roads," the post continued.

It wasn't the only severe weather instance to hit Alabama on Super Tuesday; a possible tornado touched down between Bessemer and Pelham that caused some damage, according to our sister state WBRC in Birmingham. 

Check back for more updates.

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