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Tornado confirmed in Monroe County

Monroe County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a tornado touched down in Smarr during the early morning hours Wednesday, according to a news release.

The tornado was classified as an F0 tornado based on damages, said Emergency Management Director Matthew Perry. Perry said an F0 tornado typically has winds between 40 and 72 mph. He said the tornado touched down about 3 a.m. in the 400 block of Reedy Creek Road in Smarr.

The tornado was on the ground for an estimated 200 feet and caused moderate damage to a home, destroyed a large backyard shed and caused a tree to fall on a car, according to the release. Other homes suffered minor damage.

The track of the tornado has been plotted from Reedy Creek Road southeast across Rumble Road, according to the release.

Smarr, located about 6 miles south of Forsyth on U.S. 41, suffered the brunt of damage caused by a line of thunderstorms that damaged about a half dozen homes, felled dozens of trees and left nearly 600 people without power, according to the news release.

No one was injured as a result of the storm and power was restored by mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to the release.

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