CONFIRMED: Tornado hit Atlanta airport Thursday night

- The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that there was a tornado that touched down at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday night.

A FOX 5 viewer, who also sent us photos of the damage, claims that he saw a "large rope tornado completely on the ground" and watched it proceed north near the airport.

The NWS says the tornado reached peak winds between 75 and 85 mph, with a path length of 200 yards and width of 50 yards. It was classified a EF-0 tornado.

There have been no injuries or fatalities reported from this tornado. The NWS says the tornado lasted one minute and started at 9:12pm near the North Cargo Bay.

According to the NWS, the tornado picked up 8 to 10 cargo bins ranging in weight from 250 lbs to 500 lbs, and threw them on the roof of a neighboring building that was approximately 60 feet tall. Just prior to the tornado lifting, it snapped two trees and took down the fence along the road.

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