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National Weather Service assesses damage on Zephyr tornado

ZEPHYR, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - After surveying the damage in Zephyr, a team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service have officially announced that it was caused by an EF 1 tornado.

According to a post on the Zephyr Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page, the National Weather Service says wind speeds from the tornado were estimated between 86 and 110 miles per hour, but were most likely around 90.

The tornado touched down at 3:19 a.m. less that half a mile northwest of Zephyr and traveled 1.4 miles, lifting just two minutes later at 3:21 a.m., one mile east of Zephyr, according to the post.

Damage caused by the 230-yard-wide tornado includes the overturning of a small residence that was then thrown 50 feet from its foundation, dislodging of several roofs, destroyed awnings and power lines, snapped power poles and trees, and damage to a grandstand. The post says the metal from a roof was wrapped tightly around a tree and the wall of a store was blown out.

There were no reported injuries.


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