By Arizona New Times
In an unusual weather event, a tornado struck the town of Star Valley, Arizona, causing significant damage and prompting a response from the National Weather Service’s Flagstaff branch. The tornado, which hit on Sunday, damaged at least 10 homes due to the wind. Terrifying moments were caught on video as the tornado touched down in the mountain communities of Star Valley and Payson, Arizona. Residents watched in disbelief as what appeared to be a tornado tore through their community.
Officials from the town, located about 95 miles northeast of Phoenix, reported extensive damage. The National Weather Service is currently surveying the area to assess the full extent of the damage. The community has come together in the wake of this unexpected event, showing resilience and unity. The full impact of the tornado is still being assessed, and recovery efforts are underway.
Tornadoes are categorized based on the damage they cause, using the Enhanced Fujita Scale or EF Scale. This scale assigns a tornado a ‘rating’ based on estimated wind speeds and related damage. The ratings range from EF0, which damages trees but not substantial structures, to EF5, which rips buildings off their foundations and can deform large skyscrapers. The specific category of the tornado that hit Star Valley is yet to be determined as the National Weather Service continues its assessment.
This unprecedented event has left the residents of Star Valley in shock, but their spirit remains unbroken. As the town begins to pick up the pieces, the focus is on rebuilding and supporting those affected by this natural disaster. The tornado in Star Valley serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of weather and the importance of preparedness and community in the face of adversity.
As the dust settles in Star Valley, the community’s spirit remains unbroken. Arizona New Times continues to follow this story closely, providing updates on the recovery efforts and sharing stories of resilience and unity in the face of adversity. As a trusted news source in Arizona, we are committed to bringing you accurate and timely information. Stay tuned for more updates on the Star Valley tornado and other important news from around the state.