What meteorologists look for when surveying tornado damage

A Shelby firefighter walks down Plymouth Springmill Road just south of the intersection of Ohio Route 96, past damage to homes caused by severe weather, in Shelby, Ohio, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Tom E. Puskar/The Times Gazette via AP)
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Just south of Shelby, Ohio tornado damage is easy to spot. A house and what appeared to be a barn stood virtually unscathed while an outbuilding just feet away from it was leveled.

Severe damage that isolated is more in line with tornadoes than straight-line winds. Just a few hundred feet away next door a lot of trees and a weaker structure had been knocked over as well.

A house nearby showed multiple trees down throughout the yard. These were large, healthy trees that had been knocked over.

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One thing that was noticeable was the fact that they were all knocked over from different directions.

When meteorologists see multi-directional damage the see a damage pattern that's more in line with tornadoes as well. These are just a few clues meteorologists look at when classifying what type of storm moved through an area.

By looking at the overall damage they can make estimates as to how strong the maximum winds were within the storm as well. This tornado was an EF-2 tornado with estimated maximum wind speeds of 120-125 mph.