Confirmed tornado touches down, causes damage in Onslow County

POSTED: 3:40 PM Jun 11 2013   UPDATED: 5:25 PM Jun 11 2013

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Jacksonville Monday night.

The EF-1 tornado touched down near the intersection of Springwood Drive and Terry Lee Lanier Drive at the Carolina Forest subdivision, according to the NWS. The estimated time was about 8:05 p.m. Monday.

The tornado caused minor structural damage and snapped off trees, the NWS reported. According to NewsChannel 12 viewers, some fences were blown down.

The tornado had a maximum wind speed of 80 to 90 mph, according to the NWS. The storm was estimated to be about 50 yards wide and traveled on the ground for about half a mile.

For reference, the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

EF-0Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF-1Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF-2Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF-3Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF-4Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF-5Wind speeds greater than 200 mph