The state of Utah recorded its first F/EF-2 tornado in 20 years after the confirmation of a twister that happened Sunday.
The tornado tracked through Indian Canyon near the intersection of U.S. Highway 191 and Argyle Canyon Road at about 9:15 a.m. in remote southwestern Duchesne County, the National Weather Service said.
It was on the ground for 4 minutes and approximately 2 miles. There were no reported injuries or deaths, but a considerable amount of forest destruction was caused.
Sunday's EF-2 tornado had estimated peak winds of 125 mph. The NWS said the tornado's strength and width increased substantially with a continuous damage path through a mixed aspen and conifer forest along a creek adjacent to U.S. 191.
The maximum damage was found in this area and was significant, a survey team with the NWS noted. Almost all trees over a large hillside facing the road were violently blown down or snapped. Several tops of trees were thrown along the creek and road with no clear indication as to where they originated, the NWS said.
As the tornado crossed U.S. 191, considerable damage was noted immediately north of the highway, where more trees were damaged or uprooted.
In total, only nine F/EF-2 tornadoes have happened in Utah since 1950. The most notable was one that formed on Aug. 11, 1999, in Salt Lake City. That tornado caused over $150 million in damage.
There has been only one F-3 tornado on record in Utah (1993) and no F-4s or 5s.
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