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NWS confirms EF-2 tornado touchdown Sunday in Lincoln

Posted: 3:58 PM, May 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-06 23:05:33Z

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — A survey team with the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 tornado touchdown on the west side of Lincoln during Sunday's storms.

The tornado developed around 5:38 p.m. with a length of 0.5 miles and width of 200 yards. The peak wind is estimated at 120 mph, a report from NWS says, classifying the tornado as an E-F2. The tornado ended around 5:40 p.m., damaging homes, an ice-cream shop, destroying sheds and snapping trees along its narrow path.

Significant wind damage was also noted. The tornado developed within a large supercell thunderstorm, which also produced the strong winds.

The EF scale is as follows:
EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85
MPH EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH