LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) - Crews from the National Weather Service determined that an EF-0 tornado touched down in Gaston County shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Friday and traveled northeast into Lincoln County before lifting north of Lincolnton.
“The storm was getting so violent outside I went out and noticed the tree had fallen over,” said Montgomery Fortenberry, a resident along the path that NWS meteorologists surveyed in Lincolnton.
Fortenberry had a large tree fall in his yard, crushing his car underneath. He says he is thankful he was not in the car or in the path of the tree when it fell.
“It doesn’t matter if the wind is going around in circles or its straight if that tree falls on you its a really bad day,” said Trisha Palmer, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service who came out to see the tree that fell in Fortenberry’s yard.
The NWS also sent crews to Catawba and Alexander counties in North Carolina, along with another in Union, South Carolina. One of those crews reportedly determined that an EF-1 tornado had also touched down in Alexander County on Friday afternoon with winds maxing out at around 90 mph.
A Tornado Watch was extended for the entire WBTV viewing area through 8 p.m. Friday night.
Tornado Warnings were issued earlier in the day for Alexander, Catawba, Iredell and Lincoln counties in NC and Chester and York counties in SC.
The storms that rolled through the area left behind plenty of damage, including damage to homes and buildings, downed trees and power outages.
A tree came down in downtown Lincolnton on Church Street. Neighbors said everyone was okay, but the tree crushed a few cars, a shed and a mailbox.
A tree came down on Gilbert Street right off of Lasalle Street in Charlotte.
A neighbor said no one lives in the home where the tree fell. Power workers said about 10 to 12 homes were without power, and they were waiting for tree clearing crews to come out before they could begin working on downed lines.
On Brooklyn Avenue in Lancaster, SC, a storage building for a non-profit called Jackie’s Place collapsed.
In Monroe, WBTV’s Ben Williamson found “some crazy damage” after a family’s shed collapsed off Highway 601.
Lori Keziah’s Monroe home suffered severe damage in the storms.
“We were just sitting and all the sudden, the rain started and it was game on. Blowing everywhere. It was shocking the fact that I didn’t hear anything. I didn’t hear anything but rain and massive wind,” Keziah said.
A silo was blown over at a home along Highway 601 in Monroe.
Spencer Pendleton was all smiles, despite his crushed Jeep by a tree in Lincoln County
The incident happened on Laurel Street in downtown Lincolnton. Pendleton and his family are thankful everyone is okay. They watched the tree crash from the house.
A large tree came down in Lincolnton on Main Street near Oak Street. A nearby business owner said wind gusts were extreme and it was “just pouring.”
Several trees came down in Lincolnton, including one on Massapoag Road, where the homeowner says the tree crushed a car and flattened it. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
Several roads across the area were closed due to the damage.
The York County Sheriff’s Office had to shut down Greenleaf Road in Clover after power lines and utility poles came down because of the storm.