STAR VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) – A tornado touched down in the mountain communities of Star Valley, Arizona, on Sunday afternoon, causing damage to several structures and leaving residents shaken. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed the tornado, which was captured on video by several residents.
According to the NWS, the tornado touched down around 4:30 p.m. local time near the intersection of Star Valley Road and South Fork Road. The tornado was estimated to be EF-0, with winds of up to 85 mph.
The tornado caused damage to several homes and businesses in the area. Roofs were torn off, windows were shattered, and trees were uprooted. No injuries were reported.
Residents of Star Valley were shocked to see the tornado, as it is rare for tornadoes to form in the mountains. “I’ve never seen a tornado in the mountains before,” said one resident. “It was terrifying.”
The NWS is still investigating the tornado and will release a more detailed report in the coming days.
Tips for Staying Safe During Tornadoes
Tornado Touches Down in Arizona Mountains, Causing Damage and Shock
Have a plan in place. Know where to go if a tornado warning is issued. The safest place to be is in a basement or storm shelter. If you do not have a basement, go to an interior room on the lowest level of your home.
Listen for warnings. Stay tuned to local radio or television stations for tornado warnings.
Seek shelter immediately. If you see a tornado, go to your shelter immediately. Do not wait for a warning.
Protect yourself from flying debris. If you are caught outside, lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
Stay away from downed power lines. Downed power lines can be dangerous. Stay away from them and report them to the authorities.
By following these tips, you can help to stay safe during tornadoes.