EF-2 tornado with 130 mph winds touched down in Cleveland, Gaston counties, NWS confirms

EF-2 tornado with 130 mph winds touched down in Cleveland, Gaston counties, NWS confirms

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado with 130 mph winds touched down in Cleveland and Gaston counties Thursday.

The tornado was confirmed to have touched down south of Kings Mountain on Thursday, Feb. 6 around 11 a.m.

The tornado began near the intersection of Battleground Road and I-85. Trees were snapped and uprooted along the path as it moved east near the intersection of Dixon School Road and Bethlehem Road.

Homes were damaged and high tension electrical transmission towers were blown down.

The NWS says this damage suggests wind speeds of 130 mph.

The tornado weakened as it moved east with snapped and uprooted trees as it crossed York Road and the Gaston County line.

The tornado lasted about 10 minutes.

Kings Mountain resident Andrew Counts told WBTV that his property along Dixon School Road sustained heavy damage during the storm Thursday.

Counts said he got an alert on his phone that a tornado was nearby. He said moments later he recorded video of high winds whipping around his home.

“I just walked outside. I got the alert on my phone there was a tornado, but I’ve got them before and didn’t really think any much of it around here, but came outside and seen it was raining pretty bad and then the wind started picking up and came through pretty fast honestly," explained Counts.

In the video he recorded, Counts can be heard telling his family members to take cover.

“Get down, there’s a nader bro,” Counts can be heard saying.

He said the tornado didn’t last long, but left a path of destruction around his property.

“We had seven trees down actually, totaled three of our cars, tree hit the house, picked my camper up and took it across the yard, so it definitely came through with an attitude for sure so we’re lucky to be here," said Counts.

He has a warning for others who might find themselves in a similar situation.

“If you get an alert on your phone don’t take it for granted like I did. Just take it serious and get cover," said Counts.

The National Weather Service has confirmed a total of four tornadoes touched down in the WBTV viewing area Thursday.

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