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Confirmed tornado spotted east of Mountain Home

The National Weather Service had a Tornado Warning posted for the area, as tornados could be formed from the rotation of the storm.
Credit: Lesleen Kober
Lesleen Kober sent us this photo of a tornado that touched down near Bennett Mountain.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — A tornado touched down Monday afternoon in a rural area east of Mountain Home, the National Weather Service confirmed. 

Lesleen Kober sent KTVB a photo of the tornado, spotted near Bennett Hill, just northeast of Mountain Home. It was spotted on Monday afternoon, after a series of severe thunderstorms traveled through southern Idaho.  

The National Weather Service in Boise issued a Tornado Warning earlier in the afternoon for a severe storm in this area. Radar imagery was showing rotation in the atmosphere, and the potential for a tornado to form.

The NWS confirmed that the tornado touched down about 14 miles east of Mountain Home at around 3:40 p.m.

Tornadoes are rare for the Gem State, but they are known to happen. Idaho will average between three and six tornadoes a year, and most will end up on the lower end of the scale of tornados - Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale, as an EF-0 or an EF-1 (the scale goes up to EF-5).

The NWS will now send out a team to survey the damage, to determine the strength of the wind and EF rating.

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