Start Time: 6:32 am EDT End Time: 6:40 am EDT Rating: EF1 Estimated Peak Winds: 110 mph Path length: 5 miles
Start Time: 6:32 am EDT
End Time: 6:40 am EDT
Estimated Peak Winds: 110 mph
Path length: 5 miles
Width: 440 yards
State: North Carolina
Start Lat/Lon: 35.8943 / -79.3544
End Lat/Lon: 35.9464 / -79.3052
Note: Width listed in Public Information Statement as 1/4 mile, we converted to yards
An EF-1 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 110 mph touched down near a sawmill business 4SW of Saxahapaw in Alamance County, NC. The tornado then did considerable damage to buildings and structures on the sawmill property. The tornado continued on the ground toward the northeast for another 4 to 5 miles before lifting 1E Saxahapaw, and produced substantial tree and structural damage along the path. The damage consisted of both uprooted and snapped soft and hardwood trees. Numerous homes were damaged by both falling trees and direct wind damage. Several homes had considerable roof damage and roof cover loss, including one home in which the entire roof was lifted off the home. Finally, numerous outbuildings, sheds, and garages were completely destroyed.
The NWS Raleigh would like to thank Alamance County Emergency Services for their guidance and assistance with this storm survey.