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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 8.97 Miles
-- Width 200 Yards
State NORTH CAROLINA
County/Area WILSON
WFO RAH
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-04-16 16:12:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 1WNW LUCAMA
Begin Lat/Lon 35.66/-78.04
End Date 2011-04-16 16:20:00.0 EST-5
End Location 1NNE WILSON
End Lat/Lon 35.74/-77.92
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 10/0
Property Damage 3.00M
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 A tornado touched down just just north of the town of Lucama, where several homes were heavily damaged and numerous large pine trees were snapped in half or uprooted. Several vehicles were blown over and rolled as much as 100 feet. Winds in this location were estimated at 120 mph. The tornado continued moving northeast and crossed NC Highway 42 on the western side of Wilson where 25 homes and a dozen businesses were heavily damaged, in addition to numerous downed trees and power-lines. Several air conditioning units were blown off the top of businesses and onto the street...and dozens of vehicles at an automotive dealership were heavily damaged by wind blown debris. At this point peak winds were also estimated at 120 mph. The tornado continued moving northeast to NC Highway 264 on the western Side of Wilson where a family medical supply building and the Parkwood Village Apartments received minor roof and window damage from wind blown debris. Winds in this area were estimated at 80 mph. The tornado continued to weaken and lifted near NC Highway 58 on the northwest side of Wilson. In total, approximately 175 homes were damaged, including 40 homes that were completely 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