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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Tornado Confirmed in Oxford County
July 20, 2009
The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine has confirmed a tornado near East Bethel in Oxford County, Maine on Saturday July 18th.
The tornado touched down on the north side of Farwell Mountain about 7:00 pm and then moved east-northeast for about 1.3 miles down the mountain and across farm fields. Damage was limited to numerous downed trees and snapped corn stalks. Maximum winds were estimated at about 80 mph, making this an E-F0 tornado. The maximum path width was estimated at about 100 yards. The estimated coordinates of the tornado's path were: Beginning 44.471429 -70.736718; Ending 44.478687 -70.716677.
An observer video of the tornado has been posted on YouTube.com.
This is the fifth confirmed tornado in the State of Maine this year. The four other tornadoes were in northern or eastern Maine.
To learn more about tornadoes, and tornado safety, visit these sites from the National Weather Service:
Contact:John Jensenius, NWS Gray
Last update: 07/20/10
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