Tornado rips through Star Valley, damaging several homes, knocking down trees

The National Weather Service Flagstaff says an EF-1 tornado hit the area, damaging multiple homes and knocking down trees in the area.
Published: Nov. 19, 2023 at 3:10 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2023 at 1:02 PM MST
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STAR VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — The National Weather Service of Flagstaff confirmed that a tornado touched down in Star Valley, which is east of Payson, on Sunday morning. The NWS survey team assessed the damage and determined that an EF-1 tornado hit the area. They say that winds peaked between 95-105 miles per hour. The National Weather Service Flagstaff says approximately 20 homes have some damage to the roof/windows. The tornado also knocked down trees in the area, and no injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 Tornado ripped through Star Valley, a community east of Payson, on Sunday. (Video taken on Monday Nov. 20)

“It’s like a freight train coming through, and just the damage was fast and furious,” said Star Valley Mayor Bobby Davis. ”We’re just blessed that no one was hurt. And we’ve had a ton of volunteers and we can’t thank them enough.”

Star Valley resident Robert Brier said Sunday’s tornado was the scariest thing he’s ever been through. “Everybody screamed microburst. It’s hard to believe it’s a tornado because Arizona doesn’t get a lot of tornadoes,” said Brier.

“I stepped into my living room, and it just hit us. The house was shaking. My back door flew open. Our (back) porch was disappeared. Then I stepped out, and it was in the front of our yard,” Star Valley resident Ada Herrington said. “In the moment, I was super scared. I was actually going to go hide in my bathtub.”

Arizona’s Family viewers have sent photos showing damage to multiple properties and homes. One viewer video shows debris circling in the air and what appears like a small tornado.

Star Valley, Arizona, resident Donovan Cross sent Arizona's Family video of what he said was a tornado that touched down in front of his house.
The tornado was reported in Star Valley which is east of Payson.
The tornado was reported in Star Valley which is east of Payson.(Arizona's Family)

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