The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF#1 tornado hit a barn on East Swamp Road May 3 at 8:19 p.m., destroying the barn, which was 1-year-old, and scattering debris across fields and woodlots.
The barn's owner said he was standing on his porch taking in the calm evening when he heard a high, roaring wind, and then saw the barn lift up and heard an explosion. The maximum wind speed that was recorded at 8:19 on his weather station a few yards away measured 31 mph.
A portion of the barn's metal roof was found on a property on the Voak Road.
The National Weather Service officials estimate the maximum wind speed at 100 mph across a path of about 100 yards over just over one mile.
Along the path, the tornado took down several trees which fell in different directions.
The tornado continued eastward to Voak road where it blew down a fence and another tree before lifting.
The National Weather Service officials than the local residents and emergency management personnel for assistance with their survey.
EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:
EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph