- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down throughout south Alabama when severe storms hit the state earlier this week.

Officials say damage surveys after the storms Monday showed that tornadoes ranging between EF0 and EF1 in strength touched down in Montgomery, Russell, Lee and Pike counties.

Officials say a twister with peak winds of 80 mph struck Montgomery and a tornado with peak winds of 105 mph struck Pike County. Forecasters say a tornado that hit Russell County had a peak wind speed of 90 mph and a fourth twister that began in Russell County and traveled into Lee County had a peak wind speed of 75 mph.

National Weather Service officials say the storms caused building damage and uprooted trees.


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