The National Weather Service in Birmingham says winds were up to 170 miles per hour as an EF-4 tornado tore through Lee County, Alabama.
The EF-4 and 170 mph winds are preliminary estimates by the National Weather Service in Birmingham.
Meteorologists may be observing the damage for days.
The tornado was responsible for more than 20 deaths in Lee County. It was the deadliest tornado in central Alabama in about seven years.
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Fortunately, the weather forecast through Friday, March 8 will feature generally quiet weather. However, the next day to watch for severe weather will be as early as Saturday, March 9 across parts of the South.
We will continue to update you on this developing story.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier