Elkins Cleans Up

Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado

Posted: January 31, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Kody Krummel operates a tractor as crews clean up damage at a duplex next to an orthodontist office in Elkins on Wednesday. A tornado passed through parts of the town Tuesday evening, destroying the roof of the office and throwing debris onto nearby homes.

Todd Peterson was installing a dishwasher in a rental property in Elkins at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday when he saw three trash bins spinning over a cul-de-sac.

At A Glance

Enhanced Fujita Scale

The Enhanced Fujita Scale is used to assign a tornado a rating based on estimated wind speeds and related damage. When tornado-related damage is surveyed, it is compared to a list of damage indicators and degrees of damage that help estimate the range of wind speeds the tornado likely produced.

-EF-0: 65-85 mph

-EF-1: 86-110 mph

-EF-2: 111-135 mph

-EF-3: 136-165 mph

-EF-4: 166-200 mph

-EF-5: More than 200 mph

Source: National Weather Service

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