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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF3
-- Length 19.13 Miles
-- Width 500 Yards
State NORTH CAROLINA
County/Area LEE
WFO RAH
Begin Date 04/16/2011 13:56:00 EST-5
Begin Range 1
Begin Azimuth SSE
Begin Location WHITE HILL
Begin Lat/Lon 35.36/-79.27
End Date 04/16/2011 14:20:00 EST-5
End Range 5
End Azimuth E
End Location ROSSER
End Lat/Lon 35.54/-79.01
Deaths Direct/Indirect 2/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 36/0
Property Damage 57.00M
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 8 dead with approximately 275 injuries.
Event Narrative The tornado exited Moore County and proceeded to strengthen to an EF1 as it moved into Lee County along Wildlife Road. The tornado blew a single wide trailer off its foundation, while also damaging the home home next door. The tornado continued to intensify to EF3 intensity along Lemon Springs Road striking the St. Andrews Subdivision. One fatality occurred when a tree fell onto a vehicle along Lemon Springs Road, crushing the driver. Numerous homes were completely destroyed and several two story homes had their upper floors removed. Wind speeds were estimated at 140 mph with a path length of over one quarter mile. Additional homes were blown off their foundations on Cemetery Drive. The tornado continued to produce major damage as it moved east along Cameron drive. The upper floor was blown off of two apartment buildings. The tornado then entered an industrial complex along Industrial Drive, where multiple steel constructed retail buildings were destroyed, in addition to 3 large warehouses at the static control facility. Winds In this area likely exceeded 160 mph. The tornado then destroyed the Tractor Supply Company, Big Lots and the Lowes Home Improvement Store along highway 421. Winds in this area were estimated around 140 mph. Two homes were blown off their foundations along Rice Road, north of NC Highway 42. Another fatality occurred along Poplar Spring Church Road when a mobile home was lifted off the ground and and then thrown into the woods and destroyed. In total, 457 homes were damaged with 116 homes being destroyed. Seventeen businesses were damaged as well. The tornado continued northeast along Avent Ferry Road, crossing into Chatham County, just east of Harris Lake.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 43 Male Mobile/Trailer Home
Death 43 Male Vehicle/Towed Trailer


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