Jul 31, 2015 4:10 PM

EF-0 tornado 100 yards wide tears roof off Warner storage barn


WARNER - The National Weather Service in Gray, ME has classified Thursday's damaging tornado as an EF-0.

The tornado, which had estimated wind speeds around 70 mph, heavily destroyed a storage barn at Kearsarge Business Center & Flea Market on Kearsarge Mountain Road.

“I sat here and watched it," said property owner Dan Lavoie. "It took all the debris that it took from out of the woods, into the parking lot, picked up all that debris, and the whole roof system here – and that was the last that we saw of it. Gone.”

The intense storm also destroyed some trees.

The tornado was about 100 yards wide, according to NWS meteorologists.

"It came out of a thunderstorm that was relatively small, so it is a little bit of a surprise based on what we were seeing on radar," said NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Jensenius.

Jensenius surveyed the damage on Friday and said he wasn't sure just yet how long the tornado was on the ground for.

Witnesses said it all happened in seconds.

"We could hear it coming through the woods," Lavoie said. "It was just shaking the trees, like a train was coming through the trees."

Lavoie estimated several thousand dollars in damages to his barn.

The NWS is expected to release a report on the surveyed damage.


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