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