SPC Stats

Path length: 1.5 miles

Width:  33 yards

Fatalities:  3

Injuries:  10

Rating:  F2

County:  Onslow

There were two confirmed tornadoes on July 2, 1986.  There was an F0 in Hitchcock County, NE and an F2 that crossed through parts of Onslow County, NC.  We will be looking at that F2 in this summary.

There were numerous storms across North Carolina on this day.  Several reports of non-tornado damage from straight line winds.  This appears to be a tornado that was embedded within a line that pushed trough the area.

Most of the damage was done to the Triangle Trailer Park in Jacksonville.  A woman, her infant child and a 4-year-old she was babysitting died when their trailer home was flipped trapping them inside.  Ten mobile homes were destroyed.  Per the Storm Data Summary, the tornado hit the trailer park, lifted and then caused minor damage in the Hubert area.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates (only one point given):  Start: 34.75 / -77.42      

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the July 1986 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Max Width:

  • Small difference here.
  • SPC/NCDC has a width of 33 yards.
  • Storm Data has a width of 35 yards.
  • Grazulis has a width of 30 yards.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      July 1986 Storm Data Publication

      newspapers.com

      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1275.

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