TONOPAH, AZ - A tornado touched down in Tonopah Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm cell that hit just west of the Valley caused massive damage to at least one Tonopah neighborhood, ripping apart homes, pulling roofs off their structures, and scattering debris across the ground.
The Weather Service said Friday that a funnel cloud touched down briefly about 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of 335th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in Tonopah, which is about 70 miles west of Phoenix.
An image from ABC15.com user Jean Suttle (see attached image) shows what might be a funnel cloud in the distance. Suttle said her photo was taken Thursday afternoon from 374th Avenue and Roosevelt, not far from Tonopah.
Tracy Deadman also sent in a photo that more clearly shows a funnel cloud. She wrote that she just happened to be taking pictures of the storm as it headed east toward her house in Tonopah.