Tornado damage in Rinnie? It’s certainly possible.

EMA Director Rick William and I headed out this afternoon to investigate the storm damage in Rinnie. Most of the damage is clearly straight-line winds, probably in the 70-80 mph range. Then, we got to the end of Beaty Road and found evidence of apparent tornado damage. This is NOT an official survey but I can tell you with much confidence that we have likely found the beginning of the Morgan County tornado. The damage appears to be EF-0. Again, a survey by the NWS will make this official. If this is the beginning of the Morgan County twister it will add several miles to that track.

We had an EF-2 on the south side of the Rinnie community in 2012. Now, we’ve had damaging straight-line winds and a tornado (likely) on the north side of Rinnie in 2020.

The following pictures are of straight-line wind damage. Winds may have reached 70-80 mph, from what I can tell.

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This insulation is from a trailer that had its roof blown off.

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The following pictures are of suspected tornado damage. The road ends here but we’re going to see if we can get access to the rest of this property.

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