DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – The National Weather Service was in Durham County Tuesday to survey damage and determine if a tornado made landfall in the triangle on Monday.
NWS announced Tuesday night that a weak EF0 tornado has indeed landed northeast of Durham.
According to NWS, the tornado reached wind speeds of 85 miles per hour, was 100 yards wide and a mile and a half long.
The tornado was found to have hit treetop height Monday in a short time frame of about 2 minutes from 4:07 p.m. to 4:09 p.m.
The NWS said the tornado first struck along Glenbrook Dr. occurred and then impacted DeMille St, Hinson Dr, Waring St, DaVinci St. and several surrounding streets. The tornado then lifted off before returning to treetop level near Colonial Heights Dr. and Thompson Rd. before lifting and deriving.
Due to the nature of the tornado, which struck at tree canopy level rather than ground level, damage was limited to trees, the NWS said Tuesday night. Some trees collapsed and were uprooted, damaging homes in the area.
For reference, tornadoes are graded based on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale, which 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: Fierce, 166 to 200 mph
- EF5: Fierce, more than 200 mph
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