National Weather Service confirms three tornadoes touched down in RI

Westerly, RI  and North Kingstown, RI (WLNE) – The National Weather Service said its damage survey teams determined two tornadoes touched down in parts of Rhode Island on Saturday. The NWS released their findings Sunday night.

Their findings are historic. NWS Boston, which services Rhode Island, had tweeted earlier Sunday, “Since 1950, there has never been a tornado recorded in CT or RI in the month of November. MA last recorded a November tornado on 11/07/1971. We’ll find out if that will change later this evening when our storm survey is complete.”

The first tornado was rated an EF-1. It started in Stonington, CT and crossed the state border into Westerly, RI. The tornado happened between approximately 4:54pm – 5:00pm. It had maximum wind speed of 90 mph and was about 100 yards wide. It traveled approximately 1.35 miles.

The second tornado touched down between about 5:18pm – 5:24pm in North Kingstown. It was rated an EF-0 by the NWS. It had maximum wind speed of 80 mph and was about 150 yards wide. It traveled about 1.5 miles. The touch down began in North Kingstown and ended in Wickford.

Confirmation of the third tornado came late Sunday based on radar confirmation and video footage. The NWS said the tornado was an EF-0 that touched down at approximately 4:48pm on Saturday starting in Plainfield, CT. Several trees were uprooted there, then the tornado traveled northeast into Rhode Island. The NWS said the tornado then made “intermittent contact” with the ground for six miles, ending at Cucumber Hill Farm in Foster, RI at about 5:02pm. The NWS said there were several downed trees on the farm, and a large trailer on the farm was moved 50 feet. The maximum wind speed was 80 mph.

You can read the NWS descriptions of the damage from all three tornadoes, as well as an explanation of the EF-0 and EF-1 ratings here:

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