NWS confirms EF-1 tornado

Published 12:54 am Saturday, June 24, 2017

The National Weather Service on Friday confirmed that a tornado did touchdown in Covington County Wednesday.

EMA Director Susan Harris said the tornado that struck Onycha, Horn Hill, Babbie and Harmony was rated an EF-1 tornado.

An EF-1 tornado is a tornado that has winds of 86 mph to 110 mph.

EF-1 tornadoes are capable of producing moderate damage that can severely strip roofs, overturn mobile homes or badly damage them and more.

Harris said that there were four houses with minor damage, three houses with major damage, and two barns destroyed.

There were also numerous trees down.

On Thursday, Harris reported that three sirens in Andalusia were not working, but said Friday morning that they had been repaired.

“All of our 21 alert/warning sirens are operational,” she said. “Thanks to your notifications and our techs working diligently, we are back to a full array of notification. Please remember though, never rely on one alert system alone. Be sure you have a backup way to get your notifications. Preferably one that can be powered with batteries. We want to stress that everyone needs to have multiple ways of getting weather information. The sirens are in place as an additional weather alert source to whatever system you already have in place. I heard from many people during the start of Tropical Storm Cindy that were very appreciative that we have this resource in our county.”

This is the second tornado to strike Covington County this year.

In February, an EF-0 tornado struck the neighborhood behind Cash and Carry in Andalusia.