How tornadoes are classified following EF-0 in Lafayette
It's called the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
It's called the Enhanced Fujita Scale, and because the wind from tornadoes cannot be directly measured, the scale is based on how much damage the tornado produced.
Several large oaks and what appears to be a tin roof to a barn, flew about 50-70 yards into a neighbors yard at 1315 Lake Howard Road. James Cross is the property owner, and says he was home Friday evening when storms hit.
"All of a sudden we started hearing the noise of the storm getting louder and louder, and it started beating on the side of the walls. You could hear it like 'boom' rain, hitting the wall," says Cross.
While the debris appears to be extensive, there was no structural damage. One piece of siding was chipped, but otherwise the home is sound. This is one reason the tornado was classified as an EF-0.
"I prayed man, I prayed to God, I said, please don't let it tear my house up," adds Cross.
His prayers were answered. While Cross is grateful, he doesn't have homeowners insurance. The family has started a GoFundMe account called "Rebuilding After Tornado" with a goal of $20,000. To donate click here.
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This particular storm had peak wind gusts of 80 mph, enough to cause minor damage. Had exterior doors been ripped off hinges, and roofs removed, it would have been rated an EF-1 with wind gusts from 86-110 mph. Foundations shift when winds exceed 111 mph (EF-2), and well constructed homes are destroyed when rated an EF-3. If winds exceed 166 mph, whole frames are leveled, and if concrete structures like bridges become severely damaged, this indicated winds greater than 200 mph, which is an EF-5.
Because tornadoes are rated based on damage, this also means if a small tornado spins up and doesn't cause damage, it's not rated, and therefore not documented, making it even more important to report sightings and damage.
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