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Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 09/19/2011

Officials confirm tornado hit Ocean City

A storm cloud approaches Ocean City Thursday. (Cathy Pasquariello - Associated Press)
It’s official: The National Weather Service has confirmed that the funnel cloud that touched down in Ocean City last week was a tornado.

The tornado, which hit the 75th Street area of the city Thursday afternoon, reached an estimated wind speed of 60 to 70 mph, according to NWS’s Wakefield, Va., bureau.

Although the high winds damaged buildings, cars and trees, leaving broken windows and ripped home siding in its wake, the twister was a minor one. The tornado had a half-mile path and was about 40 yards wide, according to an on-site investigation Saturday.

[Click here to see more photos and a video of the tornado.]

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