Tornado touched down in St. Albans, weather service confirms

Posted July 17, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
Last modified July 17, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.

ST. ALBANS, Maine — Officials with the National Weather Service’s Gray office confirmed a tornado touched down in the Somerset County town during a storm Tuesday.

John Jensenius, a morning coordination meteorologist with the Gray office, said Thursday morning the twister was on the ground for about 2¾ miles, and the width of the twister was about a half-mile.

Jensenius said winds whipped between 80 to 90 mph, which he called a significant storm for Maine.

The tornado was on the ground for about 5½ minutes, according to Jensenius.

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The storm rated EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, Jensenius said.

The storm caused about half a dozen trees to fall throughout town, Fire Chief Jason Emery said Wednesday.

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