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Tornado touches down in IW

A preliminary damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service’s Wakefield office confirmed that a tornado touched down in Isle of Wight County during a recent storm.

In a statement, the weather service said the tornado touched down near Five Forks Road around 10:56 p.m. Sept. 29 and traveled northeast about 4 ½ miles, ending around Orbit Road around 11:05 p.m. Peak winds were estimated to reach 75 miles per hour.

“The tornado snapped or uprooted numerous trees along its path and also one carport was rolled and destroyed,” the NWS said. There were no injuries reported.

The weather service classified the tornado as an EF0, which is the weakest category by meteorological standards. Tornadoes in the EF0 category may range from 65 mph to 85 mph, while a violent EF5 tornado may have winds that exceed 200 mph.