Tornado Touchdown: NWS Confirms NH Twister
The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, has completed a survey of damage from the storm that affected western New Hampshire during the evening of May 4.
Based on the ground survey, they have determined that the damage was caused by a tornado.
The tornado initially touched down in the southwest corner of Charlestown near Fall Mountain Regional High School and then tracked for about 35 miles east northeast on the ground to near Route 127 in Webster.
Nearly continuous damage was observed as it crossed roadways along the path. The most significant damage was observed in the town of Warner where winds were estimated at 80-100 mph, giving the torndao the EF1 rating. No tornado warnings were issued with this storm.
The 36 mile tornado track May 4 in western New Hampshire from Charlestown to Warner is one of the longest on record for New England! The July 24, 2008 tornado in eastern New Hampshire still remains the top dog with the longest track on the ground for 52 miles moving from Deerfiield north to Ossipee and Freedom.
Take a look at one of the harder hit areas at the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust in Warner.