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Tornado hit Wednesday near Ona is confirmed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A National Weather Service survey team from Charleston has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Ona, Cabell County, during a period of high wind and heavy rain Wednesday.

Investigating a report from a state Division of Natural Resources employee that a tract of forest had been flattened near the intersection of Howells Mill and Rush Hollow roads, the NWS team found a half-mile-long, 400-foot-wide swath of snapped and uprooted timber extending from a ridge top to Howells Mill Road.

Trees of up to 30 inches in diameter were uprooted in a counterclockwise convergent pattern. A house about 3 miles north of Ona at the edge of the swath was damaged by a falling tree brought down in the storm.

After surveying storm damage and analyzing weather data, the NWS team determined that the damage to trees in the storm was produced by an EF1 tornado, one that produces winds speeds of 86 to 110 miles per hour. The Ona twister is believed to have generated winds approaching 100 miles per hour, according to the NWS. No injuries were reported.

Sunshine and mild temperatures prevailed across most of the state on Friday, with more clear skies and warm temperatures expected on Saturday.

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