A tornado ripped through Hawthorne on Friday afternoon causing significant damage to at least four homes and five local businesses.
The National Weather Service in Reno confirmed the touchdown was around 3:15 p.m. and was classified as an EF-1.Wind speeds of an EF-1 tornado are rated at 86-109 mph as calculated by the Enhanced Fujita Tornado Damage Scale published by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The on-site damage assessment shows the path length of the tornado was approximately 1.85 miles long. The swath of damage was 30-40 yards wide.
The EF-1 made its way down O Street to I Street for 1.3 miles. The rest of the path of the tornado had damage consistent with a EF-O. It weakened as it moved towards the middle of the town. The twister originated east of town and headed west along U.S. Highway 95.
There were no reports of any injuries.
Residents reported seeing the small tornado make its way down Fifth street sending debris into the air and ripping part of the roof off at the Monarch Motel.
Broken windows were also reported, including to Old Nevada Pizza which had its front windows blown out and awning torn away.
Golf ball size hail and rain also pounded the small town, in what originated as a severe thunderstorm. Power was out in part of the area for a short time.
It is unknown how much damage has been sustained at this time.
You can view an amateur video shot by a resident, as well as photos of the aftermath below.