Two tornadoes reported and 1 person killed as strong line of storms spreads across NC
A line of severe weather spread across North Carolina on Sunday, bringing heavy rainstorms and two reported tornadoes that toppled trees and ripped apart homes in Greensboro and Reidsville. At least one person was found dead, according to news outlets in the Piedmont.
The Triangle saw heavy rains, gusts of winds and scattered power outages in Raleigh, Durham and Orange County, but no reports of tornadoes.
As of 9 p.m., the Duke Energy outage map showed fewer than 5,000 customers without power in the Tria ngle.
Emergency workers warned of potential flash floods and the ponding of water on roads. Flood advisories were issued for much of the Triangle until 10 p.m.
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In Wake County, a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 11:15 p.m.
Tornado watches had been extended throughout the day as fast-moving storms moved eastward across the state.
In Greensboro, the News & Record and WFMY TV described several areas that had damage from high winds, with much of it east of U.S. 29. At least seven homes were damaged, as well as a mobile classroom at an elementary school in Greensboro.One of several houses severely damaged when a tornado touched down in the Florida Street area of Greensboro, NC Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2018.
Trees were down, pulling power lines with them, making streets impassable in some places. One death was reported in Greensboro.One of several houses severely damaged when a tornado touched down in the Florida Street area of Greensboro, NC Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2018.
The National Weather Service in Raleigh reported that a tornado was spotted near U.S. 29 and East Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro in Guilford County at 5:15 p.m.
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In Rockingham County, the weather service reported that a tornado touched down at 5:30 p.m. in the Monroeton community southwest of Reidsville. No deaths were reported there, but emergency crews rescued several people from collapsed homes.
Earlier Sunday, the National Weather Service had issued a Tornado Watch for 26 North Carolina counties, including Wake, Durham and Orange. That war ning was in effect until 11 p.m. Sunday.
The storms spread through the Charlotte area earlier Sunday afternoon, bringing heavy rains and wind and leaving downed trees and power lines.
A tree on a house on Marlowe Avenue in Charlotte was one of many that went down as a strong storm system moved across North Carolina Sunday, April 15, 2018. Diedra Laird
Interstate 77 closed in both directions because of a road obstruction near exit 30, which caused traffic problems, WBTV reported.
Gov. Roy Cooper urged North Carolinians and those traveling through the state on Sunday to be aware of the potentially dangerous conditions.
It was seven years ago, on April 16, 2011, when North Carolina had 31 tornadoes reported in a span of a day. Downtown Raleigh was hit, as was Fayetteville.Source: Google News