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Tornado and straight line winds cause damage in Tripoli

TRIPOLI (KWWL) -- The National Weather Service confirms that a small tornado and straight line winds are responsible for the damage caused near Tripoli.

They say that preliminary damage estimates show that an EF1 tornado hit two miles west of Tripoli at around 2:18 Wednesday morning.

Estimates show the tornado was 35 yards wide and traveled 300 yards with an average wind speed of 100 m.p.h.

They say there were no injuries or fatalities as a result of the tornado, but it did destroy an abandoned farm building.

The National Weather Service says that straight line winds between 95 and 100 m.p.h. are responsible for most of the damage.

They say the winds hit two to four miles west of Tripoli at around 2:16 Wednesday morning, damaging three homes and destroying an old barn.

The National Weather Service says they are also investigating a possible tornado touchdown near Aurora.

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