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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 21.92 Miles
-- Width 800 Yards
State NORTH CAROLINA
County/Area SAMPSON
WFO RAH
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-04-16 15:35:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 2WSW HIGHSMITHS
Begin Lat/Lon 34.91/-78.54
End Date 2011-04-16 16:00:00.0 EST-5
End Location 2SSW POPLAR GROVE
End Lat/Lon 35.09/-78.23
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 9/0
Property Damage 10.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A strong storm system that had a history of producing deadly tornadoes across Oklahoma and the deep south on the 14th and 15th weakened as it crossed the southern Appalachians during the early morning hours of the 16th. A squall line descended the Blue Ridge by the late morning hours, and rapidly intensified as it moved east into the central Piedmont of North Carolina, with four long live tornadic supercells evolving from the linear convective segment. These tornadic supercells went on to produce 9 tornadoes in the Raleigh CWA, including 2 EF3s, and 4 EF2s. The tornadoes left 6 dead with approximately 275 injuries.
Event Narrative The tornado exited Cumberland County and moved into Sampson County, just southwest of Roseboro. The tornado tracked northeast along NC Highway 24, between Roseboro and Clinton. Cyclic damage between EF1 to EF2 was observed with the most extensive damage observed between Bonnetsville Road and Clinton, including Bass Lake Road and Dixie Road. The tornado continued northeast, crossing Highways 421 and 701 on the north side of Clinton. A roof was completely blown off of a home on Isaac Weeks Road. As the tornado moved farther northeast, the tornado was mostly of Ef1 strength damage to homes were minor, with outbuildings and power poles bent or blown down. The tornado weakened and quickly lifted in the vicinity of Highway 403 and East Darden Road, with minor roof damage to a home. In total, there were 85 to 90 residential structures were damaged, with 25 destroyed; and 13 businesses damaged, with 3 destroyed.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 8 304 328.610M 0.00K
ALTAMAHAW ALAMANCE CO. NC 04/16/2011 13:06 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 580.00K 0.00K
HYCO PERSON CO. NC 04/16/2011 13:40 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 2 400.00K 0.00K
CAMERON MOORE CO. NC 04/16/2011 13:53 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHITE HILL LEE CO. NC 04/16/2011 13:56 EST-5 Tornado EF3 2 36 57.000M 0.00K
BRICKHAVEN CHATHAM CO. NC 04/16/2011 14:20 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
BURT WAKE CO. NC 04/16/2011 14:27 EST-5 Tornado EF3 4 67 115.000M 0.00K
RAEFORD MUNI ARPT HOKE CO. NC 04/16/2011 14:33 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
FENIX CUMBERLAND CO. NC 04/16/2011 14:37 EST-5 Tornado EF3 1 85 100.000M 0.00K
ERWIN ARPT HARNETT CO. NC 04/16/2011 15:12 EST-5 Tornado EF2 1 24 16.000M 0.00K
BENSON JOHNSTON CO. NC 04/16/2011 15:25 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 67 25.000M 0.00K
CEDAR CREEK CUMBERLAND CO. NC 04/16/2011 15:27 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 4 250.00K 0.00K
HIGHSMITHS SAMPSON CO. NC 04/16/2011 15:35 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 9 10.000M 0.00K
PINE LEVEL JOHNSTON CO. NC 04/16/2011 15:50 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUCAMA WILSON CO. NC 04/16/2011 16:12 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 10 3.000M 0.00K
HALIFAX CO ARPT HALIFAX CO. NC 04/16/2011 16:20 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 1.200M 0.00K
BESTS WAYNE CO. NC 04/16/2011 16:32 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
Totals: 8 304 328.610M 0.00K