Preliminary report: F1 tornado struck Montgomery Wednesday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The National Weather Service is in the process of conducting aerial surveys in Lowndes, Montgomery and Elmore counties of the damage from Wednesday's severe weather. Although the survey is still in progress, here is what the NWS is reporting so far.

A narrow band of damage was found on the northeast side of the city of Montgomery.  After investigating the damage thoroughly, it was determined to be the result of an F1 tornado with maximum winds of around 90 mph.

From the ground the first evidence of tornado damage was found at the Alabama Christian Academy football field where a large pine tree snapped and collapsed a section of bleachers.  The scoreboard on the nearby Faulkner University baseball field also collapsed and the batting cage was blown across the entire field.

The tornado damage continued northeastward crossing Wares Ferry Road, where several homes sustained minor roof damage.

Farther to the northeast the most widespread damage occurred at the Sunshine Village mobile home park where numerous mobile homes sustained minor to moderate roof damage and the undercarriages were blown out and small outbuildings and sheds were blown over.  Several trees were also snapped or uprooted, including one very large pine tree that crushed a vehicle.

From there the tornado crossed US Highway 231 and struck Adams Motorsports where a section of metal roof was peeled back.

Additional information is being gathered as to whether the tornado lifted near Adams Motorsports or remained on the ground and continued northeast.