Jan 132012

There was multiple homes damaged, and a tornado warning was reported. I coincidentally placed the camera in the exact direct of the majority of the damage reported. This was taken about 5 miles away from the area the storm effected the most. Prayers to those who were injured and whose homes were effected. The tornado was reported at the 45 second mark, though not visible in the video. Also included the full regular speed video (9 minutes)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Weather officials confirm there was a tornado in the storm system that swept through parts of western North Carolina this week, flinging mobile homes into valleys, damaging dozens of buildings and injuring nearly 20 people.

Jan. 12, 2012: A praying pair of hands adorns a wind chime that still hangs from what used to be Samantha Owens’ home near Ellenboro, N.C. Source: AP

The storm system struck Rutherford and Burke counties on Wednesday, as a cold front moved through the western Carolinas. A National Weather Service survey team reported the system produced a tornado of EF2 strength, with winds of roughly 115 miles an hour.

At least 10 people were injured in Rutherford County and nearly the same number in Burke County, emergency officials said. There were no fatalities reported by Thursday afternoon.

At least two of the injuries in Rutherford County were serious, sheriff’s Sgt. Dwayne Wright said, but officials didn’t know the extent of those injuries.

In Burke County, 16 homes were destroyed by the twister, with another 50 suffering various amounts of damage, according to Fire Marshal Mark Pitts. About six businesses were also damaged.

At least five people were hurt when the storm struck a few minutes later in the Icard area in eastern Burke County, Dixon said.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter in Icard, in eastern Burke County, and about 15 people stayed there overnight. Steen said county officials were ready to help anyone who still needed a place to stay Thursday.

Wind also struck a marina in Caldwell County late Wednesday, damaging at least three boats. It was not clear if a tornado had hit the area. No injuries had been reported.

– source


featured image: Jan. 12, 2012: A small American flag hangs from a tree just outside the home of Shirley Wood, in Ellenboro, N.C. that was destroyed by a EF2 tornado that touched down on Wednesday. Source: AP


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