Posted: Thursday, May 15th 2014 at 10:36pm
NWS: Banks County damage caused by EF1 tornado
By Rob Moore Editor
National Weather Service officials say an EF1 tornado touched down in Banks County overnight Wednesday. (Photo/Banks County Sheriff's Office)
HOMER - National Weather Service officials have determined storm damage in Banks County overnight Wednesday was caused by a tornado.
"Iíve been doing preliminary damage assessments today and have been out with the National Weather Service, who confirmed that it was an EF1 with at least a 200-yard-wide track that we were able to track for at least nine miles," said Banks County Emergency Management Agency Director Deidra Moore.
An EF1 tornado means wind speeds were 86Ė110 mph.
Banks County Public Information Officer Jenni Gailey said Thursday morning that the county responded to 13 storm-related calls, which started coming into the 9-1-1 center around midnight Wednesday.
Despite the nine-mile track of the storm, damage was relatively minor in Banks County.
"It wasnít on the ground the entire time and fortunately we have no severe structural damage or injuries from the tornado," Moore said. "It did originate, initially touch down, at Wright Street at Scales Creek Road and it moved in a northeastern direction from there."
Moore said three homes suffered some damage from the storm, and numerous trees were downed. Also, one unused car shed was damaged.
"We all feel that we experienced nothing short of a miracle last night to not have more damage than we have had," Moore said.
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