Storm Events Database

Event Details:

Event Tornado
-- Scale F3
-- Length 2.15 Miles
-- Width 300 Yards
County/Area COLUMBUS
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCEI Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2006-11-16 06:37:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 1ENE RIEGELWOOD
Begin Lat/Lon 34.34/-78.24
End Date 2006-11-16 06:41:00.0 EST-5
End Location 3WNW ARMOUR
End Lat/Lon 34.36/-78.23
Deaths Direct/Indirect 8/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 20/0
Property Damage 500.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A fast moving tornadic thunderstorm moved ashore on the coast of Brunswick County. There was no damage found until the storm moved across extreme eastern Columbus County and then extreme western Pender County. The tornado produced F3 damage through Riegelwood and diminished to F1 intensity as it crossed a wooded area to the Cape Fear River and into Pender County. This was the second deadliest tornado to hit North Carolina in the last 50 years.
Event Narrative Tornado touched down among manufactured homes just north of Old Lake Road and tracked across an area of more substantial homes and businesses along NC Highway 87. There were 13 homes (mobile and brick) destroyed and more than two dozen damaged. Damage was rated as F3 due to construction of structures that were damaged and destroyed - if structures were better constructed the damage may have been rated higher. The wind speed was estimated to be around 200 mph. As the tornado tracked north of NC Highway 87 toward the county line, the tree damage was rated as F1.

Event Fatality Details:

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death (Direct) 6 Male Mobile/Trailer Home
Death (Direct) 13 Male Mobile/Trailer Home
Death (Direct) 29 Male Mobile/Trailer Home
Death (Direct) 25 Male Mobile/Trailer Home
Death (Direct) 49 Male Mobile/Trailer Home
Death (Direct) 23 Female Mobile/Trailer Home
Death (Direct) 27 Female Mobile/Trailer Home
Death (Direct) 43 Female Mobile/Trailer Home


Event Map:

Note: The tornado track is approximate based on the beginning (B) and ending (E) locations. The actual tornado path may differ from a straight line.

All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 8 20 571.00K 0.00K
DELCO COLUMBUS CO. NC 11/16/2006 06:35 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
RIEGELWOOD COLUMBUS CO. NC 11/16/2006 06:37 EST-5 Tornado F3 8 20 500.00K 0.00K
POINT CASWELL PENDER CO. NC 11/16/2006 06:41 EST-5 Tornado F1 0 0 70.00K 0.00K
Totals: 8 20 571.00K 0.00K