Weather service: Rare clockwise-spinning tornado touched down in Eastman

alopez@macon.comMay 16, 2014 

The National Weather Service surveyed damage from a tornado that touched down Wednesday night in Dodge County and confirmed Friday that it was a weak EF0 tornado.

Most of the damage was minor, said Ryan Willis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Center’s office in Peachtree City.

The tornado touched down in the south part of Eastman at 11:50 p.m. and traveled north about 1.75 miles through town, damaging tree limbs, siding, gutters and the roofs of a few homes.

Maximum winds were estimated to be 80 mph. According to radar data, the storm exhibited anticyclonic or clockwise rotation.

Most tornadoes in this hemisphere rotate counter-clockwise, Willis said, but every year a handful show the opposite.

“It is interesting for us as meteorologists to see, but its not unheard of,” Willis said.

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