Tornado Confirmed In Harris County, More Storms On The Way
Round Two Heading Our Way Overnight
The National Weather Service spent the day investigating damage caused by Tuesday’s strong to severe storms that rolled through the area. They found that the storm damage in Opelika was caused by straight-line winds and NOT a tornado. They estimated the damaging winds at 60-70 mph as the storms plowed through the Williamson Road area.
Photo courtesy OANews showing damage to a warehouse near Opelika due to straight-line winds
The storms raced east and caused damage in portions of southern Harris County moments later. The National Weather Service investigated damage along Hwy 27 and found the damage to be consistent with that of a tornado. They estimated the brief tornado had maximum winds of 95 mph as it uprooted hundreds of trees and snapped powerpoles in the area. Crews spent the evening and overnight hours cleaning up the debris from Hwy 27 as the storms left quite a mess.
Photo courtesy Ed Quinn shows extensive damage to trees on Hwy 27 in southern Harris County
Photo courtesy Ed Quinn shows several power poles that were knocked down due to tornado
Photo courtesy Ed Quinn shows the damage and clean-up efforts along Hwy 27
As we reported yesterday, the storms also caused damage in northern Muscogee County near Old Moon Road and Veterans Pkwy. As the storms moved northeast, they downed multiple trees and caused structural damage in areas of Taylor County before exiting the area.
More storms are forecasted tonight as a powerful cold front moves in from the northwest. A small, but potent line of thunderstorms are expected to first reach Chambers and Troup counties overnight before moving southeast through Auburn and Columbus. The storms may be weakening as they move southeast from Columbus during the early morning hours. Severe weather is most likely the further northwest you are located with primary threats being damaging winds, the potential for hail, and brief heavy rainfall. By tomorrow morning, windy and colder temps will take over as a return to winter-like air is likely!
Your WLTZ First News Weather team will be tracking these storms all evening long and will pass along updates on social media in addition to our 10pm CW and 11pm NBC newscasts. Stay tuned!
-Chief Meteorologist Matt Wintz