NWS evaluates east Alabama storm damage

OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - Representatives from the National Weather Service are in Lee County Sunday assessing the damage after severe storms ripped through the area Saturday night.

Saturday evening's tornado caused trees to be snapped in half, uprooted, and power lines torn down, but little structural damage was seen.

"It looks like the tornado originally touched down on the east side of Opelika and continued southward producing extensive tree damage. Right now it looks like it is a high-end EF-0, potentially getting into the low end of an EF-1 tornado at this time," said National Weather Service Meteorologist, Gerald Satterwhite. "We have not seen a lot of structural damage, so it most likely means the tornado was on the weak side. However, we have seen a lot of snap trees and uprooted trees and there are a few spots where that tree damage is fairly dance so that could indicate that the tornado intensified during its path."

NWS Birmingham tweeted that the tornado was confirmed as an EF0, with winds up to 85 mph.

Thankfully, Opelika had no reports of any serious injuries.

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