NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down on Whitemarsh, Wilmington islands

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down on Whitemarsh, Wilmington islands

WILMINGTON ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -The National Weather Service was on Wilmington Island on Sunday as they worked to complete an assessment of Saturday’s tornado.

A representative with the National Weather Service says the wind speeds were probably around 100 miles per hour, with max winds reaching 105 mph. NWS chose to classify the tornado as an EF-1.

The tornado weakened once the tornado got to the area on Johnny Mercer Boulevard. The total track length was about two miles long, a significant measurement for this part of the world.

“The other thing that we have to come up with is width and we’re looking at somewhat of maybe 200 yards wide so two miles long and a 100 or 200 yards wide and maximum strength in the EF-1,” said Ron Morales with the National Weather Service. "Plus or minus a hundred miles an hour."

A tornado that touched down last year on the island was stronger, badly damaging the Oatland Island Wildlife Center and several schools in the area.

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