Salem Tornado - Lee County - February 28, 2009

Estimated Maximum Wind:
125-130 mph
Several Unspecified Minor Injuries
Damage Path Length:
8.29 miles
Maximum Path Width:
500 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:

32.589033 / -85.259617 / 825 am CST

Approximate End Point/Time:
32.596667 / -85.1175 / 837 am CST

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Lee County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds between 125 and 130 mph.

The tornado touched down southwest of the community of Salem. Once on the ground, it moved east-northeast and crossed U.S. 280. The tornado lifted about six miles east of Salem, as it crossed County Road 379. Damage included hundreds of trees snapped off and uprooted, at least 40 homes were damaged or destroyed, 10 additional structures (schools, businesses and churches) were damaged or destoyed and one 18-wheeler was overturned.

Hail was also reported with this storm. The hail was at least nickel size.



Damage Path This image is a KMXX 0.5 degree velocity loop, which runs from approximately the time the tornado touched down until it lifted off the ground. The green indicates wind blowing toward the radar while red indicates wind blowing away from the radar. This storm exhibited persistent rotation and was surely a supercell.

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EF2 Damage

Trees in Road

Church Damage

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