Officials said Wednesday that an EF-0 tornado caused the damage in Drew County Tuesday night.
After surveying damage south and east of the Monticello city limits, John Robinson, the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service, determined that an EF-0 tornado hit the county.
The Enhanced Fujita scale (EF scale) rates the strength of tornadoes based on the damage they cause. An EF-0, the lowest of six categories, has estimated wind speeds of 65 to 85 miles per hour.
Michael Frisby, Drew County’s new Office of Emergency Management coordinator, said winds of 60 miles per hour were recorded in the county where high winds pulled a large horse barn from its foundation at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, knocked down trees, and ripped the roof off a mobile home.
Frisby took Robinson to several locations in the county Wednesday morning to assess the damage and Robinson determined that the damage was caused by an EF-0 tornado.