UPDATE: Confirmed tornado leaves damage, power outages near Willcox

UPDATE: Confirmed tornado leaves damage, power outages near Willcox
A powerful storm damaged this barn in Willcox on Monday, Sept. 23. Investigators from the National Weather Service will be in the area on Tuesday to determine if the storm was a tornado. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The National Weather Service of Tucson confirmed a tornado touched down near Willcox late Monday, Sept. 23.

The NWS said the EF1 tornado, which had an estimated peak wind speed of 90-100 mph, touched down around 9:25 p.m. and was on the ground for about 2 minutes.

The tornado was .33 miles wide and traveled 1.75 miles, according to the NWS. There were two reported injuries and no fatalities.

The NWS said the EF1 tornado, which had an estimated peak wind speed of 90-100 mph, touched down around 9:25 p.m. and was on the ground for about 2 minutes.
The NWS said the EF1 tornado, which had an estimated peak wind speed of 90-100 mph, touched down around 9:25 p.m. and was on the ground for about 2 minutes. (Source: National Weather Service of Tucson)

On Tuesday, crews in Cochise County were cleaning up after it caused damage and power outages in the area.

According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, it touched down northwest of Willcox off of Hamilton Road around 9:30 p.m.

POSSIBLE TORNADO

A powerful storm rocked the Willcox area on Monday night. Kevin Adger is there now surveying the damage. https://tucsonne.ws/2kLifh2

Posted by KOLD News 13 on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The National Weather Service sent investigators to the area Tuesday to inspect the damage and verify it was a tornado.

The storm caused damage to three homes, snapped power poles and downed several power lines. Some road signs were reported to be twisted beyond repair.

Crews from Sulpher Springs Valley Electric were working to restore power to those that were affected by the storm.

Officials set up a reception center at the Cochise County Service Center at 405 S. Haskell Avenue in Willcox for anyone who needed a safe place to go.

Repair crews cover a roof in Willcox on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The roof was damaged in a powerful storm on Monday night. (Source: KOLD News 13)
Repair crews cover a roof in Willcox on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The roof was damaged in a powerful storm on Monday night. (Source: KOLD News 13) (Source: KOLD News 13)
A powerful storm rocked the Willcox area on Monday night, Sept. 23. Crews are busy repairing snapped power lines and downed power lines. (Source: KOLD News 13)
A powerful storm rocked the Willcox area on Monday night, Sept. 23. Crews are busy repairing snapped power lines and downed power lines. (Source: KOLD News 13) (Source: KOLD News 13)

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