Tornadoes destroy garage, shear trees

Posted June 02, 2009, at 7:43 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:47 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — Officials at the National Weather Service office in Caribou said Tuesday afternoon that a storm on Sunday produced two tornado funnel clouds and was responsible for damaging trees and structures in parts of Aroostook County.

Mark Turner, a hydrologist with the NWS, said the storms moved through the area between 5 and 6 p.m. Sunday and damaged parts of Easton and Westfield. One tornado was on the ground from the Little Burnt Land Stream area of Westfield to an area known as “The Chute” along Gray Road in Easton.

Another struck in the Unorganized Territory near Oxbow.

He added that the tornadoes were EF0, the weakest measured.

The NWS received reports of a garage lifted off a cement slab in Westfield and trees that were sheared and uprooted. A metal roof on a dairy barn was destroyed. Rain and hail also were reported, but no injuries.

Wind speeds were estimated to be between 60 and 75 mph.

Turner added that the tornado that hit Eagle Lake the previous weekend was more powerful than the recent storm. On Sunday, May 24, residents of Eagle Lake endured an EF1 tornado that produced golf ball-size hail and damaging winds. Hundreds of trees were sheared off or uprooted and a home had moderate damage.

The path of destruction was roughly 3.2 miles long and averaged 100 yards wide. Several homes and vehicles had minor damage. Maximum wind speeds approached 110 mph in that event.

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