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Aguada tornado packed 110-mile winds, according to NWS

Sunday’s tornado spent 11 minutes cutting a path of destruction on the ground in Aguada before going out to sea.

By The Star Staff

A tornado that struck Aguada on Sunday has been categorized as EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF), with winds of 110 miles per hour, after a damage assessment by the National Weather Service (NWS).

According to reports, an intense electrical storm spawned the tornado near highway PR-411, on the border between Barrio Asomante and Barrio Guayabo in the northwestern coastal town, around 3:08 p.m. The tornado was active for about 11 minutes, moving northwest. It then transformed into a waterspout over the coastal waters near Pico de Piedra Spa before dissipating completely.

The NWS survey revealed significant damage in the affected area. One home sustained extensive damage, including partial loss of the roof, resulting in significant interior damage to the property. Another home lost its roofing material and metal siding. Additionally, uprooted and split trees were observed along the path of the tornado.

The EF1 rating indicates an estimated maximum wind speed of 110 mph, a path length of 1.5 miles, and a path width of 70 yards.

The information provided is preliminary and is subject to change as the event continues to be evaluated and reviewed by the NWS.

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