The National Weather Service on Tuesday upgraded the intensity of a tornado that touched down southeast of Circleville on May 28.
The weather service originally rated the tornado an EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, but upgraded it to an EF1 with winds of 100 mph. The tornado touched down at 12:57 on the morning of May 28 and traveled a distance of 3.8 miles and reached a maximum width of 150 yards before dissipating at 1:05 a.m.
According to the updated storm survey, the tornado is believed to have first touched down just west of Kingston Pike, along which there was a structure that sustained some minor roof damage close to the intersection with Gay-Dreisbach Road.
A bit farther to the east on Gay-Dreisbach Road, several structures sustained more significant damage. In particular, a house had its garage destroyed with the roof removed completely and placed in the yard.
Some structural damage also occurred to the connecting wall to the main house. It was at this location where some of the most severe damage associated with this tornado was observed to have occurred. Damage at this property along Gay-Dreisbach was consistent with estimated winds of around 100 mph, prompting the upgrade to an EF1, according to the updated survey.
The weather service also updated information on the tornado which touched down south of Tarlton on May 28, increasing its wind speed from 95 to 105 mph and the path traveled by the twister from 1.5 to 1.7 miles. The tornado remains an EF1.
In the updated storm survey, on state Route 56 and about two-tenths of a mile south of South Perry Road, an outbuilding was completely destroyed with the home on the property sustaining partial roof removal and wall damage/failure. Several large trees were also downed in this vicinity.
The damage observed on this property between state Route 56 and Tarlton-Adelphi Road was some of the most significant associated with this twister and was likely the result of winds in excess of 100 mph.