April 16, 2011 Tornado Outbreak

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UPDATED AT 4:50 PM Tuesday, April, 19, 2011

A powerful storm that has made its away across the country over the last few days was responsible for a tornado outbreak on Saturday, April 16, 2011 across North Carolina. This is the same storm that produced tornado outbreaks on April 14th and April 15th. For more information on the April 14-15 event visit my previous post.

The SPC issued a high risk Saturday, and rightfully so. As of 4:50 PM EST on Tuesday April 19, 2011 there have been 129 tornado reports (note: this does NOT mean there were 129 tornadoes, many of the reports are from the same tornado). Over the coming days the NWS offices will survey the damage and properly rate the tornadoes. As this information comes in I will be updating this post with the latest information. Below is a picture of what used to be a Lowe’s in Sanford, NC. Photo courtesy www.iwitness.abc11.com.


Above is an image from the Raleigh, NC NWS depicting the preliminary tornado track and ratings.

*All ratings are preliminary and are subject to change*

Here is what we know so far:

**Over the 3 day tornado outbreak there has been 44 fatalities (number subject to change). The 11 year average since 2000 is 55 deaths per year. That is 80% in 3 days. (Thanks to Alex Lamers for the information)

All tornadoes that caused fatalities are bold.

-An EF-3 tornado touched down in Askewville, NC causing 11 fatalities and injuring at least 50 others. The path length was 18.8 miles.

-An EF-3 tornado touched down in Sanford/Broadway/Holly Springs/Raleigh, NC causing 5 fatalities and injuring countless others. Maximum wind speeds were estimated to be 160 mph. The path length was approx. 63 miles and the maximum width was 3 miles.

-An EF-3 tornado touched down near Wayside/Smithville, NC causing 3 fatalities and injuring at least 85 people. The path length was 65 miles.

-An EF-3 tornado touched down near Jacksonville, NC damaging or destroying dozens of houses and injuring at least 40 people.

-An EF-3 tornado touched down near Clopton, VA causing 3 fatalities. Several houses were heavily damaged or destroyed.

An EF-3 tornado touched down near Hayes, VA causing 5 fatalities and damaging or destroying multiple houses and buildings.

An EF-2 tornado touched down in Roxboro, NC damaging houses, some significantly.

An EF-2 tornado touched down in Bladenboro, NC causing 1 fatality and damaging several homes. The path length was 14 miles.

An EF-2 tornado touched down near Wilson, NC damaging more than 20 homes and several businesses. The path length was 5 miles.

An EF-2 tornado touched down near Colerain, NC damaging several houses and other buildings. This was a satellite tornado to the Askewville, NC tornado. The path length was 7.8 miles.

An EF-2 tornado touched down near Hargetts Crossroads, NC.

An EF-2 tornado touched down in Riverdale, NC causing significant damage.

An EF-2 tornado touched down near Roanoke Rapids, NC damaging several houses and buildings, some severely.

An EF-2 tornado touched down north of Virgilina, VA destroying at least 8 houses and injuring 4 people.

An EF-1 tornado touched down near Rowland, NC damaging many houses and outbuildings. The path length was 1 mile.

An EF-1 tornado touched down in Farmville, NC damaging several homes.

An EF-1 tornado touched down near Barker Ten Mile, NC uprooting many trees, some of which damaged houses. The path length was 1.6 miles.

An EF-1 tornado touched down near Andrews, SC damaging about 400 trees. The path length was 0.4 miles.

-An EF-1 tornado touched down near Saint Stephen, SC destroying a mobile home, and severely damaging several houses and a church. The path length was 8 miles.

-An EF-1 tornado touched down near Fort Benning, GA damaging a fort and knocking down trees. The path length was 0.25 miles.

-An EF-1 tornado touched down near Macon, GA destroying three houses and damaging about 25 others. Two businesses were also damaged. The path length was 2.6 miles.

-An EF-1 tornado touched down near Salisbury, NC damaging a few houses. The path length was 3.5 miles.

An EF-1 tornado touched down near Union Ridge, NC damaging several homes.

An EF-1 tornado touched down in the Roseboro, NC area damaging several houses and injuring 4 people.

An EF-1 tornado touched down in Micro, NC damaging several houses and businesses. The path length was 3 miles.

An EF-1 tornado touched down south of Whiteville, NC causing damage to several houses. The path length was 1.0 mile.

An EF-1 tornado touched down near Alligator, NC heavily damaging a church and mobile home. The path length was 7.2 miles.

An EF-1 tornado touched down near Harbinger, NC damaging several homes and businesses. The path length was 2.2 miles.

An EF-1 tornado touched down near Duck, NC damaging about 77 houses, some heavily. The path length was 0.65 miles.

-An EF-1 tornado touched down near Stuarts Draft, VA destroying several barns. The path length was 4 miles.

-An EF-1 tornado touched down near Dinwiddie, VA damaging several houses. The path length was 8 miles.

An EF-1 tornado touched down north northeast of New Market, MD damaging several small barns and uprooting numerous trees. The path length was 5 miles.

An EF-1 tornado touched down near Little Rock, SC uprooting numerous trees. Many of these trees fell on houses. The path length was 1 mile.

An EF-1 tornado touched down near Warner, VA damaging a house and grain silo. The path length was 2 miles.

-An EF-0 tornado touched down near Vesuvius, VA causing minor damage. The path length was 1.3 miles.

An EF-0 tornado touched down north of Monroe, NC causing minor damage to several businesses. The path length was 2.5 miles.

An EF-0 tornado touched down southwest of Clarkton, NC causing no damage. The path length was 0.25 miles.

An EF-0 tornado touched down south of Kenansville, NC knocking a few trees down.

An EF-0 tornado touched down northeast of Robersonville, NC tearing the roof off of a mobile home. The path length was 0.15 miles.

An EF-0 tornado touched down south southeast of Andrews, SC knocking down numerous trees and damaging a few boats. The path length was 0.2 miles.

An EF-0 tornado touched down near Unionville, MD snapping several trees and removing a few shingles from the roof of one home. The path length was 3 miles.

An EF-0 tornado touched down southwest of Deep Run, MD uprooting numerous trees and causing damage to a couple of barns. The path length was 2 miles.

An EF-0 tornado touched down west of York, PA removing a canopy from a gas station and damaging one other business. The path length was 0.45 miles.

Total EF-0: 9
Total EF-1: 20
Total EF-2: 8
Total EF-3: 5
Total Tornadoes: 42 so far…
Total Fatalities: 24
Total Injuries: 180 confirmed along with “numerous” others

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