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NWS: Willcox tornado confirmed, 2 injured

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Posted at 3:03 AM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 22:13:51-04

The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that an EF1 tornado touched down in the Willcox area Monday night.

The estimated peak wind speed was between 90 and 100 miles per hour. It traveled a 1.75-mile, 0.33-mile-wide path from 9:25 to 9:27 p.m.

It injured two people.

Damage was found at the intersection of Cox and Hamilton Roads. The twister damaged numerous power poles and trees.

EF1 is the second-lowest classification on the tornado scale, which goes up to 200mph EF5.

The National Weather Service confirmation backed up the Cochise County Sheriff's Office saying it got reports of a possible tornado in the Willcox area on Monday night.

According to a press release from CCSO, the report came in around 9:30 p.m. off of Hamilton Road. Initial reports indicated multiple power lines were down and several buildings were damaged by high winds.

It was later determined a total of four homes were damaged, however, all residents were accounted for.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office said there was a reception area for people to go to if their home had lost power, but that center has since been closed.

As of early Tuesday morning, power had been restored to Willcox, according to the Cochise County Facebook page.

If you rely on medical equipment, sheriff's deputies urge you to reach out if you need help. The Northern Cochise Community Hospital is ready for more patients if the power becomes an ongoing issue.

The National Weather Service in Tucson posted a photo of the wall cloud associated with the possible tornado.

The photo was taken by Laurin Richey.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that EF1 was the lowest tornado classification.