ATLANTA - The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that there was a tornado that touched down at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday night.
Check out these photos from last night's storm. Fortunately, there were no injuries, no airfield damage and operations were not impacted. pic.twitter.com/s7JImJwkvS— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) May 5, 2017
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.
CONFIRMED TORNADO AT ATLANTA AIRPORT LAST NIGHT: Here is the official report. Read the damage description, amazing.. https://t.co/0o7Tr1WgTC— David Chandley (@DChandleyFOX5) May 5, 2017