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EF-1 tornado tears through northern Arizona community, NWS confirmed

Officials confirmed that 10 homes had been damaged by a twister that formed north of Williams Monday afternoon.
Credit: NWS Flagstaff

WILLIAMS, Arizona — A tornado touched down north of Williams on Monday afternoon, causing damage to several homes in the Junipine community, officials said. No injuries have been reported at this time.

At 1:30 p.m. the Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) received reports of a weather-related event in the Junipine community.  

By 5:30 p.m., the National Weather Service Flagstaff had confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in the area, damaging homes and trees with the strong wind.

Search and rescue units with the CCSO were in the area as a precautionary measure, but no injuries or fatalities were reported.

Video on social media shows dark clouds near the ground, although it's not clear if this is the cloud that formed the tornado.

Investigators are currently assessing the scale of the damages. Early reports said that ten mobile homes and several trees in the area were damaged.

Credit: NWS Flagstaff

Right now, it is not clear how many people will be displaced by storm damage.

A Red Cross Shelter has been opened at 636 South 7th Street in Williams to assist residents displaced by the tornado. 

This is a developing story and details are subject to change. Stay with 12News as we continue to update this article with more information.

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