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National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Gretna

Posted at 2:42 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 15:07:21-04

GRETNA, Fla. (WTXL) — The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a tornado with 95 mph winds swept through Gretna Wednesday night.

NWS says that the tornado touched down northeast of Gretna in a field south of M&M Lane. The twister then moved northeast through the St. John's community, leaving damage in its wake.

In total, the tornado traveled about a mile.

The majority of the damage involved uprooted trees and snapped limbs as well as some damage to manufactured homes in the area. The final piece of damage was seen along Bainbridge Highway.

Video from the Gadsden County Sheriff's office also showed some of the damage in the St. John's community. Deputies said the community took a direct hit from the twister.

The Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

EF0...WEAK... 65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK... 86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG...111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG... 136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT... >200 MPH