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Tornado was EF2; 300 yards wide
Officials: Wind speeds reached 130 mph in twister
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Debris is shown on Old River Road near Lillie Hagan Road from the tornado that roared through the area Thursday morning.
After completing an investigation of the tornado that ripped an 11-mile path from southern Bulloch County into Effingham County, National Weather Service experts listed the twister as an EF2 category storm. The tornado had winds of 130 mph and was 300 yards wide as it furrowed a 10.6-mile path from 9 miles southwest of Brooklet to Pineora at 3:51 a.m. Thursday, according to official NWS reports provided to the Statesboro Herald by Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn. The twister touched down near Stilson-Leefield Road, and “most of the damage within the first few miles of the event was due to many snapped and uprooted trees,” the report read.
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