UPDATE: Four tornadoes confirmed in day-long severe weather event Saturday across Wiregrass

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Storm damage in Haleburg, Ala. on 4/24/2021

UPDATE 5:00 p,m. Sunday (WDHN) — A National Weather Service survey team has found damage consistent with a weak tornado in Houston County. The tornado has been rated an EF-0 tornado with peak winds around 80 mph.

The tornado started just west of Highway 75 in eastern Houston County and traveled to just northwest of the Farley Nuclear Plant. Trees and power lines were downed in the air, and some roof damage to homes in the area was noted.

ORIGINAL STORY

HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) – The tornado that struck southern Henry County Saturday has been given a preliminary EF-1 rating by meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee.

On Sunday, survey teams assessed damage in several areas, including locations in Henry County, Houston County, Early County, and other parts of southwest Georgia.  

WDHN News was the first news crew on the scene in Haleburg Saturday after a mobile flipped, injuring two people. Other structural damage was found to homes in southern parts of the county.  Large trees were toppled or snapped, as well.

The Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale ranks damage from tornadoes from EF-0 to EF-5, with EF-5 being the strongest. The rating for the Henry County tornado would place winds between 86 and 110 mph.

Two tornadoes touched down Saturday in Early County, according to NWS meteorologists.  One tornado had EF-1 strength while the other twister showed signs of EF-0 damage.

Meteorologists were also in Houston County Sunday examining damage in places like Ashford, Avon, Pansey, and Columbia. Survey teams have not provided information on the Houston County storms.

The National Weather Service said all rankings of tornadoes occurring in Saturday’s storms could change as more analysis is completed in coming days.

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