ROSCOMMON — Federal weather forecasters reported a tornado briefly touched down near Roscommon village during this week's thunderstorms that trekked across the region.
The National Weather Service reported the tornado was spotted just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the north-central part of Roscommon County, where estimated peak wind speeds were 65 mph. An eyewitness reported seeing a counter-clockwise spinning tornado with debris, records show.
The tornado traveled about 1 mile on a 25-yard-wide path southwest of Roscommon village and caused damage to trees and large tree limbs, records show.
The event was rated as an EF0 tornado — the weakest category of tornado with measured winds between 65 and 85 mph — and on the lowest end of the classification, at that.
The most violent tornadoes are classified as EF5 and produce winds in excess of 200 mph, according to the NWS.