13aprAll DaySaxahapaw (Alamance County, NC)


Start Time: 6:32 am EDT 

End Time:  6:40 am EDT 

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 110 mph

Path length: 5 miles

Width: 440 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County:  Alamance

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.


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