STAR VALLEY, ARIZONA: A tornado wreaked havoc in Star Valley, Arizona, causing significant damage to several homes, city officials reported Sunday (Nov. 19).
The National Weather Service verified it as an EF-1 tornado, with wind speeds peaking between 95 and 105 miles per hour.
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Impact on homes and deaths
Authorities said about 10 homes were most affected by the strong winds, resulting in significant damage. Fortunately, no human injuries were reported. However, tragically, one dog died in the strong winds.
The winds were so intense and powerful that they propelled two out of four vehicles through the walls, demonstrating the strength of the tornado.
Additionally, there were reports of a brick wall toppled during the storm.
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Strong winds blow across Star Valley (Residents of Star Valley, Arizona/Facebook)
Municipal authorities are actively involved in the clean-up process, clearing uprooted trees from the streets.
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Flagstaff of the National Weather Service tweeted: “Our survey team returned from the field and determined that damage near the Star Valley, Arizona area was consistent with that of an EF-1 tornado. Estimated peak winds ranged from 95 to 105 mph. is subject to change pending additional data.
Our investigation team returned from the field and determined that the damage near the Star Valley, Arizona area was consistent with that of an EF-1 tornado. Estimated peak winds ranged from 95 to 105 mph. Damage information is subject to change pending additional data. #azwx pic.twitter.com/plMIwS90db
— NWS Flag Staff (@NWSFlagstaff) November 20, 2023
Mayor and residents recount their fear and devastation
“It was like a freight train coming, and the damage was fast and furious,” Star Valley Mayor Bobby Davis said, azfamily.com reported. “We’re just happy no one was hurt.” And we had a ton of volunteers and we can’t thank them enough,” Davis said.
Star Valley resident Robert Brier said Sunday’s tornado marked the scariest experience he’s ever had. “Everyone shouted microburst. It’s hard to believe it’s a tornado because Arizona doesn’t have a lot of tornadoes,” Brier said.
“I walked into my living room and it hit us. The house was shaking. My back door opened. Our (back) porch was gone…it’s gone. Then I came out and it was in our front yard,” Star Valley resident Ada Herrington said, adding, “At the time, I was very scared. In fact, I was going to hide in my bathtub.
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