A rare tornado touched down south of Eastman just before midnight on Wednesday, May 14 at 10:50 p.m.
The tornado traveled north for approximately 1.75 miles through downtown Eastman, uprooting trees, breaking off tree limbs and damaging roofs, homes and businesses.
The tornado is rare because it was an anti-cyclonic tornado. That means it rotates clockwise rather than a typical tornado, which rotates counter-clockwise. According to the National Weather Service, only one out of every 100 tornados rotates clockwise.
Maximum winds for the tornado were estimated at 80 miles per hour, making it an EF0 tornado. The tornado was measured to be as wide as a football field. A team from the National Weather Service was sent to Eastman to survey the damage from the tornado.
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