EF-0 tornado touches down in Woodstock
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Trees snapped like twigs in Woodstock as the National Weather Service (NWS) in Peachtree City confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in the area early Saturday morning.
It happened on Dream Catcher Drive around 7:35 a.m.
The NWS said the tornado impacted portions of Southern Cherokee County.
The damage is still being assessed and surveyed at this time.
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Residents are encouraged to report any damage they see to the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency.
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What does an EF-0 rating mean?
Tornado strength and subsequent damage is measured using the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF). After a tornado, surveyors examine the damage left behind to figure out how fast the twister was moving.
The EF Rating is based on a 6-point scale of EF-0 through EF-5. An EF-0 is the weakest a tornado can score.
The NWS says a tornado was likely moving somewhere between 65-85 mph at that level. Only minor damage is done. For example, shallow rooted trees may be uprooted, homes may take damage to gutters, siding or shingles.
An EF-5 is the strongest a tornado can score. At that level, tornadoes is expected to be greater than 200 mph. At this rating, massive or incredible damage is expected. For example, well-constructed homes could be completely blown away, and concrete structures could be critically damaged.