Banner County tornado damaged over half a dozen structures

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A storm survey team from the National Weather Service in Cheyenne says a tornado in northwest Banner County Saturday evening that has been rated at EF 1 damaged at least 8 structures and destoyed one outbuilding. The outbuilding was supported by large wooden planks about six inches thick, most of which were snapped at the center.

The roof was removed from a 3 stall garage but all of the walls remained intact. A two story residence was damaged by flying
debris...with a 2 by 4 driven through the second floor wall by the tornadic winds. Sheet metal and wooden boards from damaged
outbuildings were found 50 to 100 yards to the northwest in a shelterbelt. Several structures suffered roof damage with sections of sheet metal peeled off.

Six power poles were snapped near the touchdown point 17 miles west-northwest of Harrisburg with another damaged east of Stegall road. Several 6 to 12 inch diameter hardwood trees were also snapped. Center pivots were either flipped or twisted in multiple directions along the path of the tornado.

The storm survey team says the tornado had maximum gusts of 100 miles per hour. The tornado developed at 4:50 p.m. and dissipated fifteen minutes later. The path length was estimated at nearly eight miles with a width of 100 yards.


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