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06febAll DayKings Mountain (Cleveland/Gaston Counties, NC)

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Start Time:  10:55 am EST

End Time: 11:05 am EST (Based on time given in description)

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 130 mph

Path length: 8.57 miles

Width: 150 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County: Cleveland, Gaston

State:  North Carolina

Start Lat/Lon: 35.1797 / -81.4047

End Lat/Lon: 35.1921 / -81.2555


The tornado began near the intersection of Battleground Rd and I-85. Trees were snapped and uprooted along the path as it moved east to near the intersection of Dixon School Rd and Bethlehem Rd.  Here a couple of homes were damaged. Just east of there the strongest damage was found.  A couple of high tension electrical transmission towers were blown down.  This damage suggests wind speeds of 130 mph.  The tornado weakened as it moved east with snapped and uprooted trees as it crossed York Rd and the Gaston County line.  More snapped trees were found as the tornado moved east crossing Pinnacle Rd and Sparrow Springs Rd.  The damage ended near Freedom Mill Rd with snapped and broken large branches. The tornado lasted about 10 minutes.


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Damage Assessment Toolkit


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