Was North Carolina hit by a rare winter tornado?

January 12, 2012NORTH CAROLINAAt least 15 people were injured and at least 60 buildings damaged when a possible tornado struck in western North Carolina, the National Weather Service said Thursday. The storms struck in Rutherford and Burke counties late Wednesday afternoon as a cold front moved through the western Carolinas, meteorologist Neil Dixon with the weather service office in Greer, S.C., said. Ten people were hurt in Ellenboro in Rutherford County, sheriff’s Sgt. Dwayne Wright said. Two of the injuries were serious, but Wright did not know the extent of the injuries. At least 10 buildings were damaged in a 3-square-mile residential area, but Wright said officials expected to get a better count on the damage during surveys Thursday. Some people initially were trapped in their homes. “Everybody’s out that we know of,” Wright said. “As far as we know, everybody has been accounted for.” A woman in Ellenboro told WCNC-TV that a neighbor’s roof ended up in her front yard. It felt like the whole house was shaking, and all at once you could hear stuff just breaking apart and tearing up. It was frightening,” said Mary Jane Hollifield. At least five people were hurt when the storm struck a few minutes later in the Icard area in eastern Burke County, Dixon said. “We know we have 16 homes destroyed and about 50 that have been damaged to various degrees,” Burke County Fire Marshal Mark Pitts said. There were also power outages, with around 100 customers still without electricity Thursday morning, according to Pitts. This is the first time he can remember such a severe storm at this time of year in the western county about an hour’s drive north of Charlotte. –CS Monitor
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2 Responses to Was North Carolina hit by a rare winter tornado?

  1. j mccosker says:

    THE HURRICANE WENT AROUND WESTERN NC..ENKA ANYWAY.STRANGE. VERY STRANGE WEATHER AROUND THE WORLD..IS IT SIGNS OF END OF DAYS…LOOK AT ALL THE MILLIONS OF POUNDSOF FISH DEAD.STANGE I WAS RAISED ON A 75FT. COMMERCIAL FISHING BOAT FOR ABOUT32YRS. AND THE REST FISHING.CRABBING.OYSTER.. JUST LIVING ON OR IN THE WATER…

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