“We were just entranced. I had never seen anything like that.” That is how Davin Fowler described a tornado that blew through Star Valley Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 had torn through the community, with peak winds ranging between 95 and 105 mph.
It left a path of destruction nearly 1.5 miles long, damaging at least 20 homes and knocking over countless trees. Most of the damage was concentrated on Hillside Drive.
Fire Chief Morey Morris with the Hellsgate Fire Department said they got calls from residents in the area of Quail Hollow from Rainbow Drive to Hillside Drove. They found 20 homes damaged, three that were no longer inhabitable.
Dan Bramble, a Payson Fire Department battalion chief, said they surveyed 12 homes on Hillside with damage ranging from moderate to heavy.