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13aprAll DayLong Creek (Pender County, NC)

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Start Time: 9:09 am EDT 

End Time:  9:15 am EDT 

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 107 mph

Path length: 7.5 miles

Width: 50 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County:  Pender

State:  North Carolina

Start Lat/Lon:  34.4027 / -78.0569

End Lat/Lon:  34.4715 / -77.9480


A tornado was spotted near the intersection of Highway 421 and Blueberry Road, snapping a few 16″ diameter pine trees just west of Highway 421. It moved to the northeast across a tributary of the Northeast Cape Fear River, strengthened as it moved along Clarks Landing Road. Numerous large trees were snapped, and several outbuildings were heavily damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs was minor to moderate. The tornado reached peak intensity as it approached and crossed Highway 210. Four power poles were snapped, and few dozen hard and softwood trees were snapped a few feet from the ground. The tornado crossed Scott Road, and blew in two bay doors of the Pender Fire Station #21. The garage door of a home across the street from the fire station was also blown in. The tornado continued to the  northeast, causing mainly tree damage as it approached Little Kelly Road. The roof of a large well-built metal out- building was blown off and landed approximately 50 yards away. The tornado appeared to dissipate as it approached Kellyville Road, however significant straightline wind damage, consistent with speeds of 75 to 85 mph, continued to the northeast all the way to Shaw Highway.


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