The Lee County, AL tornado is now being given a preliminary rating of EF-4 by the National Weather Service.
Max sustained winds are estimated to have been 170 mph. The other tornado that tracked into Lee County has been rated and EF-2 (also preliminary).
SURVEY UPDATE: 4 tornadoes now confirmed in Central AL
1) Beauregard-Smiths Station (Lee Co) – preliminary EF-4, 170 mph
2) South of Tuskegee (Macon Co) into Lee Co – at least EF-1
3) Co Rd 79 (Barbour Co) – EF-1
4) Eufaula (Barbour Co) – at least EF-1; survey still ongoing
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) March 4, 2019
According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the death toll now stands at 23.
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