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Tropical Storm “Cindy” spawns EF-2 tornado in Fairfield, Alabama

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Tropical Storm "Cindy" spawned an EF-2 tornado near the town of Fairfield in Alabama's Jefferson County on June 22, 2017, causing severe damage to the area.

The tornado touched down just 11.2 km (7 miles) from downtown Birmingham, ripping apart several buildings and injuring 4 people. The National Weather Service surveyed the damage and determined that it was an EF-2 tornado with winds up to 217 km/h (135 mph).

According to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, there is a threat for brief tornadoes and isolated damaging wind gusts from 11:00 to 19:00 CTD today, June 23, mainly along north of a line from Demopolis to Anniston. A lesser threat may extend as far south as Interstate 85.

A risk for flash flooding will continue today and into Saturday, June 24. An additional 25.4 to 76.2 mm (1 to 3 inches) of rain is possible through this afternoon over already saturated ground with another 25.3 to 50.8 mm (1 – 2 inches) on Saturday.

Rainfall the past few days has caused rises on area rivers. Minor flooding may continue into the early part of the upcoming week.

Featured image: Damage after EF-2 tornado hits Fairfield, Alabama on June 22, 2017. Credit: AOL.com

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