Several EF-3 tornadoes touch down in the Miami Valley. What is the EF scale?

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 2:41 PM

Damage on Kessler Road in Union Twp., Montgomery County. (Jim Noelker/Staff)
Damage on Kessler Road in Union Twp., Montgomery County. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Several EF-3 tornadoes touched down and caused widespread damage in parts of Montgomery County, Beavercreek and Celina Monday night. 

>>EF-3 tornadoes confirmed in Montgomery County, Beavercreek and Celina

Storm survey teams are working to make measurements that will determine the strength and distance of the tornadoes. 

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The Enhanced Fujita Scale is the measurement scale used by meteorologists and scientists to determine the strength of a tornado that touches down. >>RELATED: 1 dead from Celina tornado, over 60 storm-related injuries reported at Dayton-area hospitals

EF-0 

  • Estimated wind speeds: 65 to 85 mph
  • Observations: Light damage overall. Winds will pull siding or gutters off homes, broken tree branches, and shallow-rooted trees pushed over. 

EF-1

  • Estimated wind speeds: 86 to 110 mph
  • Observations: Moderate damage. Roofs stripped of shingles. Mobile homes overturned or damaged. Broken glass to windows or other glass

EF-2

  • Estimated wind speeds: 111 to 135
  • Observations: Considerable damage. Roofs torn off well-constructed homes. Mobile homes completely destroyed. Large trees snapped or uprooted. Cars lifted off ground. 

EF-3

  • Estimated wind speeds: 136 to 165 mph
  • Observations: Severe damage. Well-constructed homes destroyed. Severe damage to large buildings like shopping malls. Heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown. Trains overturned.

EF-4

  • Estimated wind speeds: 166 to 200 mph
  • Observations: Devastating damage. Whole frames of well-constructed homes completely leveled. Cars thrown and small missiles generated

EF-5

  • Estimated wind speeds: Over 200 mph
  • Observations: Incredible damage. Strong frame houses leveled off foundations and swept away. Car-sized missiles fly through the air over 100 yards. High-rise buildings have significant deformation. 
The National Weather Service contributed to this report.