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06febAll DayCharlotte (Mecklenburg/Union Counties, NC)

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Start Time:  12:18 pm EST 

End Time:  12:34 pm EST (Based on time given in description)

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 95 mph

Path length: 17.53 miles

Width: 150 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County: Mecklenburg, Union

State:  North Carolina

Start Lat/Lon: 35.0939 / -80.9204

End Lat/Lon: 35.1321 / -80.6145


The tornado began almost exactly on the NC/SC line along Nations Ford Rd west of Pineville.  Trees were snapped or uprooted along its path until it reached an industrial area west of I-485, where several large buildings suffered roof damage, and a wall collapsed at a building under construction. The damage in this area suggests winds of 90 to 95 mph, which were the strongest winds of the event. The tornado maintained strength as it crossed I-485 and traveled across largely residential areas of southern Mecklenburg County, causing scattered tree damage.  At least one tree fell on a house in this area. More damage to large trees occurred along Highway 51 in Matthews, east of Elizabeth Lane Elementary.  The tornado weakened from there, but caused more tree damage on West John St closer to the city center.  Tree damage continued in scattered locations after the tornado crossed Independence Blvd and again I-485, and entered Union County. Damage was confined to weakened and dead trees near the end of the tornado’s lifespan, and it came to an end near Hawthorne Drive in Indian Trail, having lasted about 16 minutes.


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