They were very quick to declare it a landspout and do a survey (done by two of the newest meteorologists at the office) and rate it EF0. With HVAC units ripped off the roof, the EF scale seems to say at least EF1 but, I have not seen things first hand, so, not sure if I can argue with the rating. Also narrow and short ... path width max 5 yards and length 0.07 miles ... slightly longer than a football field but it would fit between the hash marks on a college field.
Agree... also looking at the radar actively that day (and satellites), it would seem more probable that a non-mesocyclone situation created the tornado.Can't comment on the rating but seems plausible to classify it as a landspout. Winds were generally weak that day, e.g. 15 knots at 500mb, didn't seem like favorable conditions for a mesocyclone.