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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 14.54 Miles
-- Width 800 Yards
State NORTH CAROLINA
County/Area JOHNSTON
WFO RAH
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-04-16 15:25:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 3SSE BENSON
Begin Lat/Lon 35.33/-78.53
End Date 2011-04-16 15:45:00.0 EST-5
End Location 1SSW SMITHFIELD
End Lat/Lon 35.49/-78.36
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 67/0
Property Damage 25.00M
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 Harnett County and continued northeast into southern Johnston County. The tornado track south of Benson, where it crossed NC Highway 242 and NC Highway 50. Several modular homes were destroyed, and numerous other homes sustained major damage. There was also hundreds of trees that were uprooted or snapped in half. The tornado subsequently crossed Interstate 40 near mile Marker 330 and continued moving northeast to just south of Four Oaks before crossing Interstate 95 near mile marker 90. The tornado lifted just before reaching Smithfield, where little or no damage was observed. Throughout this part of the track there was a broad swath of EF0 damage with embedded areas of EF1 and EF2 damage. In total, 450 homes were damaged, of which 287 homes 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