EF-3 Tornado confirmed in Monroe County from Mondays storms

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FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)– The National Weather Service has confirmed a strong tornado touched down in Monroe County early Monday morning.

After an extensive damage survey, crews determined that an EF-3 tornado, with winds up to 140 mph moved through the area. Beginning near Collier and eventually lifting near exit 188 of I-75 the tornado caused extensive damage.

The tornado left a path 5.3 miles long and destroyed multiple buildings. It was one of 2 EF-3 tornadoes during Monday’s severe weather outbreak.

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Cecilia Reeves joined the 41 First Alert Storm Team as Chief Meteorologist in August of 2016.  She grew up just north of Macon, in McDonough, GA but attended the University of Alabama and received an undergraduate degree in Telecommunications and Film with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.  Upon graduation in Tuscaloosa, she traveled up to road to Starkville, MS where she received a Masters of Science in Broadcast Meteorology.  In her career she has worked on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and now back home in the Southeast.  When she is not forecasting she enjoys training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, cheering on her teams (Alabama Crimson Tide, Atlanta Falcons, and the Kansas City Royals), and playing with her dogs: Dora and Winston.