Tornado touched down in Maine, first confirmed in state this year

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A tornado touched down this week in Maine, the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday. It marks the first tornado to hit the state in 2019.

The tornado was categorized as an EF1, featuring wind speeds as high as 90 miles per hour. It hit two areas in Washington County at approximately 5:40 p.m. Monday, with a path length of about a quarter of a mile, and maximum path wideth of 200 yards.

The tornado briefly touched down in Kossuth Township between Baskahegan stream and Route 6.

The storm uprooted or snapped about 120 trees.

An average of about two tornadoes touch down in Maine annually, the state’s emergency management agency said, with peak tornado activity in the region between June and August.

“The tornadoes in recent history in Maine have formed during severe summer storms within the southwestern and central sections of the state,” the Maine agency said. “Because Maine has a sparse population, there has not been significant amount of property damage or personal injury.”

by Michelle Williams (2019, Aug 15) Mass Live

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