Tornado Touched Down In Rhode Island Wednesday, Weather Service Confirms


PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An EF-0 tornado touched down in the Ocean State on Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday.

According to the NWS's survey team, the twister landed around 4:45 p.m. and was on the ground for about a quarter of a mile and about one minute.

The service said it appeared to be the first recorded tornado in Newport County since records began in 1950.

No injuries were reported.


The damage was concentrated in the area of Prospect Farm Road and Sea Meadow Drive, the NWS report said.

Though the relatively weak tornado just barely registered on the enhanced Fujita scale used to measure such activity, it still managed to uproot and snap trees and bow out the wall of a garage.


"Sporadic straight-line wind damage occurred for a half mile farther south on Ethel Drive, Fairview Lane, and Sherwood Drive where there were a few downed trees and large tree limbs," the report read.

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