NWS says Enterprise Tornado was F3, 10-mile-long Path

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UNDATED, Ala. (AP) - A survey team determined the tornado that left nine dead in Enterprise, including eight students at Enterprise High School, was an F-3 with a path 200 yards wide and ten miles long.

The twister at Millers Ferry in Wilcox County, where one died and about 40 homes were destroyed, also was an F-3. National Weather Service officials said its track was more than 15 miles long, with its widest width about 500 yards.

Under the new Fujita scale, an F-3 is a twister with winds of between 136-to-165 miles per hour and capable of tearing down walls. An F-I is the weakest while an F-5 is the most destructive.

Forecasters at the Birmingham office report today that its preliminary findings show an F-3 tornado also moved into Dallas County, with its most concentrated impact near Five Points where 27 homes were damaged.

Elsewhere in Alabama, Birmingham meteorologists said F-2 tornadoes touched down in Lowndes, Montgomery and Monroe counties, on the Lee-Russell line at Phenix City and in Winston County.

F-1 twisters were reported in Barbour, Fayette, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson and Shelby counties.

The largest hail - the size of baseballs - was reported north of Tuscaloosa.

The tornado at Enterprise struck at 1:10 p-m, according to the Tallahassee, Florida, office, which is responsible for southeast

The tornado at Millers Ferry first touched down at 12:30 p-m, according to forecasters at the Mobile office, which handles southwest Alabama.

The NWS office in Huntsville did not find any tornado touchdowns in its Tennessee Valley region of the state in its preliminary storm report.

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