A Tornado Landed in Mesa and Took a Hot Tub

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a "small tornado" touched down in Mesa over the weekend.

According to the NWS, the tornado took a hot tub about a mile west of downtown Mesa, and several people reported watching the hot tub spinning over an apartment complex before it landed upside down about a quarter-mile from where it was picked up.

"At least four observers reported seeing the hot tub aloft in the cloud . . . spinning over the apartment complex," an NWS statement says.

This happened a little before 1 p.m. on Saturday, between Alma School and Extension roads, and Main Street and University Drive.

The tornado was measured as the weakest kind on the Enhanced Fujita scale. The wind speeds are estimated to have been between 80 and 85 mph.

A meteorologist who went out to check the damage found the "inverted hot tub," as well as a few blown-in windows, some tile-roof damage, a few downed trees, and a downed power pole.

As you may be aware, tornadoes are not a common occurrence around Phoenix. According to the NWS, the last Phoenix-area tornado was in January 2005, near Luke Air Force Base.

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