published Monday, March 5th, 2012

Harrison tornado winds hit up to 165 mph

Fire crews make their way up Short Tail Springs Road on Friday afternoon after a tornado struck the area in Harrison.
Fire crews make their way up Short Tail Springs Road on Friday afternoon after a tornado struck the area in Harrison.
Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse.

The National Weather Service has confirmed ratings for Friday’s tornadoes.

The Harrison tornado in Hamilton County was classified as EF3, which includes winds up to 165 mph, the weather service reported Sunday.

Tornadoes in Monroe and McMinn counties, as well as Cherokee County, N.C., were categorized as EF2, with winds of up to 130 mph.

The weather service said the Monroe County tornado had a width of 400 yards and persisted for nearly 15 miles.

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