Friday, August 21, 2015

EF 1 Tornado hits Genoa area

TORNADO DAMAGE – A National Weather Service (NWS) Damage Assessment Team has determined Monday’s storm damage in the Genoa area was caused by an EF1 tornado that packed wind speeds of 90-95 mph. In its initial touchdown, the  small tornado destroyed an open-face barn and some power poles. It then lifted and then touched down a second time south of Genoa where it severely damaged the Hansen Seed Cleaning grain bins. According to Capt. Michael Yowell of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the reason why the tornado siren in Genoa did not sound is that the National Weather Service’s radar imaging did not indicate a tornado in the area at the time and no visual sightings of tornado funnels were seen during Monday’s storm. However, after an onsite survey of the damage on Tuesday, the NWS Damage Assessment Team determined that a small tornado had actually touched down.

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