NWS confirms EF-1 tornado in Chambers County, AL Wednesday night

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado in Chambers County, AL Wednesday night
(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
Kevin Laws, National Weather Service. (Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
Kevin Laws, National Weather Service. (Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – An EF-1 tornado has been confirmed following severe weather on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado came ripping through Chambers County, Alabama.

The tornado had winds at 90 miles per hour and was two miles in length by 125 yards wide.

The tornado touched down along CR 116 just west of the Union Hill community where several trees were uprooted and large branches were snapped.

The tornado continued east, crossing CR 123, where a barn sustained minor damage and several additional trees were snapped.

Adjacent to CR 123 and CR 53, a small fire station, barn and additional trees sustained significant damage.

The tornado lifted just beyond CR 53, east of Union Hill where more trees were observed to have minor damage.

"Whenever it came across the top, the freight train, the road, the high winds and it started opening up the top of that building like a can opener. You could hear that metal ripping," says Union Hill Fire Chief Bill Lambeth.

Union Hill Fire Chief Bill Lambeth was hunkering down inside his home when the EF-1 tornado came through Chambers County. He walks away without a scratch, the fire station wasn't as lucky.

"With this particular storm, we had a very large debris signature that we could see from the Birmingham radar that was about seventy miles away so we could actually see the debris being lofted into the air for a tornado," says Kevin Laws from the National Weather Service.

The damage the twister leaves behind makes the national weather service believe the winds were upwards of ninety miles per hour. Snapping trees in half and blowing insulation into tree tops. Chambers County is no stranger to a storm.

"The folks here have been impacted before and I know they certainly know what to do and through the help of the Emergency Management Agency we've educated a lot of people out here to know exactly what to do when we issue those warnings," says Laws.

And residents knew where their safe place was as they all walk away without a scratch.

"Thank goodness we can replace a building but we cant replace people," says Lambeth.

County crews are expecting to have most of the damage cleaned up in the next few days as well as starting to rebuild some of what was destroyed.

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