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Trinity storm ruled a tornado

By Ronnie Thomas 340-2438

TRINITY — Trinity residents might like to know that those winds swirling in their community Tuesday has been ruled an official — although weak — tornado by the National Weather Service in Huntsville.

Meteorologist Steve Shumway said Mike Coyne, meteorologist in charge, and Dave Nadler, senior meteorologist, surveyed the damage in Trinity on Tuesday afternoon with assistance from Eddie Hicks, director of the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency.

Evidence of tornado

According to the NWS report, the damage occurred with a line of showers that moved through the Trinity area about 11 a.m. The survey found evidence of an EF-0 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with the highest winds of 65 mph.

Shumway said the EF scale is now being used to rate tornado damage.

"An EF-0 basically is a very weak tornado with winds from 65 to 85 mph," he said. "An EF-1 would have winds from 86 to 110. The strongest would be an EF-5 with winds of more than 200 mph."

25 yards wide

The report on Trinity states the tornado was about 25 yards wide with a path length of one-quarter mile, with damage confined mostly to uprooted trees and snapped limbs.

One residence, the report says, sustained some damage, mainly to sheds and fencing at the back of the property.

Billy and Sherry Letson live at that home at Short and High streets in Pinecrest subdivision.

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