NWS confirms EF-2 tornado caused damage in Anson, Stanly counties

Aerial footage from WBTV’s Sky3 Friday morning showed a house with significant damage on Wightman Church Road near Little Road in the town of Polkton.
The confirmation came the day after heavy storms tore through Anson County.
Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 11:27 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 1, 2022 at 8:28 PM EDT
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ANSON, N.C. (WBTV) – The National Weather Service team out of Raleigh confirmed that a tornado touched down in Anson County and continued into Stanly County on Thursday.

Crews on the ground Friday near Polkton found EF-2 tornado damage, with winds up to 120 mph.

The EF-2 tornado has been confirmed and tracked from Burnsville (Anson County) to southeast of Cottonville (Stanly County). This tornado tracked over 7.5 miles with a maximum width of 200 yards.

Aerial footage from WBTV’s Sky3 Friday morning showed a house with significant damage on Wightman Church Road near Little Road in the town of Polkton.

NWWS officials say the tornado touched down about one mile southeast of Burnsville, Anson County and tore a tin roof off of an Agriculture outbuilding.

The tornado continued on a path to the northeast and remained on the ground most of the time until it finally lifted approximately 1.5 miles southeast of Cottonville, Stanly County.

The worst of the damage happened around 1:27 p.m. about1.5 miles east-northeast of Burnsville in Anson County.

Damage there consisted of a brick home that was shifted off of its foundation, several exterior walls that were blown out, and more than half of the roof was removed.

Damage at this location was rated an EF-2 with wind speeds of 120 mph.

The tornado then continued to the northeast and resulted in substantial damage to a chicken farm.

Several structures in Anson County were obliterated when high winds rolled through Thursday afternoon, including a chicken farm which took heavy damage.

Neighbors weren’t sure if it was a tornado, but they say it had all the signs.

Related: Possible tornado damage spotted in Anson County

Aerial footage from WBTV’s Sky3 Friday morning showed a house with significant damage on Wightman Church Road near Little Road in the town of Polkton.

In Stanly County, the National Weather Service was near Mt. Zion Church Road in Cottonville to assess the damage there. There have so far been no reports of significant injuries from the storm.

“The National Weather Service in Raleigh would like to extend a thank you to the Anson and Stanly County emergency management departments, and North Carolina Emergency Management, for their assistance gathering data and assisting with the survey,” an NWS statement read.

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