Posted: Jul 16, 2013 7:52 PM by Jason Laird - MTN News
Updated: Jul 17, 2013 7:22 AM
The National Weather Service in Glasgow has rated the tornado that hit northeastern Montana on Monday as an EF-2.
The Enhanced Fujita scale is used to rank tornado severity.
An EF-0 tornado or what is sometimes called a "gale tornado" produces 40-72 m.p.h. winds with little to no damage.
An EF-5 tornado on the other hand will completely destroy buildings and has extreme winds between 261-318 m.p.h.
Monday's tornado produced estimated winds of 115 m.p.h. with a damage path spanning 25 miles.
The location was reported 20 miles north of Wolf Point and 20 north of Poplar.
Most of the tornado's path stayed in rural areas and affected primarily farm land.
Twelve power poles were reported down and one farm did sustain significant damage to multiple structures.
The National Weather Service is not ruling out multiple touch-downs from Monday's storm and is continuing to assess the aftermath.