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NWS confirms EF1 tornado hit Charlotte during Wednesday's storms

The National Weather Service looking at damage, trying to determine if there was a tornado (Ben Williamson | WBTV) The National Weather Service looking at damage, trying to determine if there was a tornado (Ben Williamson | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The National Weather Service, after assessing damage in southwest Charlotte, has confirmed an EF1 tornado hit the area Wednesday evening.

The weather team arrived at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church around noon Thursday, taking photos of trees ripped out of the ground and scattered debris. Just after 4 p.m., the NWS said the EF1 tornado touched down around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The tornado, according to the NWS, reached speeds of up to 90 mph, had a width of 150 yards and traveled for 2.18 miles.

One person posted a video of their office building on Facebook, saying it "just took a hit from a tornado. " Larry Gandy said the video was taken from the Microsoft office building off of Arrowood Road. 

A tornado warning was issued for Mecklenburg and surrounding counties Wednesday evening, and a tornado was reported to have touched down around 6:45 p.m. in southwest Charlotte. 

The weather service tweeted that a possible tornado was developing near Interstate 485 southwest of Charlotte and could cross Interstate 77 Wednesday evening. A mobile phone alert urged residents to immediately seek shelter.

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Dylan Clauson posted photos on twitter from the Ayrsley area in southwest Charlotte, showing a 20-foot uprooted tree.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say strong winds knocked over a semi-truck. One person was treated in the incident.

More than 1,400 homes were without power in Charlotte after the high winds blew through. 

According to the Duke Energy Map, the outages were near Westinghouse Boulevard and S. Tryon Street in the Steele Creek area. Hundreds more were without power near Barclay Downs Road, in the South Park area. Many of the outages were reported between 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Duke Energy said the outages were caused by adverse weather and fallen tree limbs.

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The majority of power was restored by 6:30 a.m. Thursday. 

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