NWS confirms tornado touched down during Monday’s storms

“It was like a storm that had like a mind of its own...”
Experts from the National Weather Service spread out across the area Tuesday to survey damage from Monday’s storms.
Published: May. 24, 2022 at 5:20 AM EDT
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HARRISBURG, N.C. (WBTV) - Experts from the National Weather Service spread out across the area Tuesday to survey damage from Monday’s storms.

One of the hardest-hit neighborhoods was off Camelot Drive and Somerset Lane in Harrisburg. Early Tuesday morning, a huge tree that had been uprooted was lying in the front yard of one home, with caution tape wrapped around the yard.

NWS confirmed Tuesday the damage in the area came from an EF-1 tornado.

Confirmed Tornado in Meck County
Confirmed Tornado in Meck County(WBTV)

Related: Severe storm causes major damages to homes in Cabarrus County and roads in Charlotte

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg said an EF-1 tornado touchdown in northeast Mecklenburg County Monday afternoon and crossed into Cabarrus County.

The NWS said the tornado has winds of 100mph and a path of 10 miles from Hidden Valley in Charlotte to Harrisburg in Cabarrus County.

Brent Whichel’s home did not receive any significant damage, but the yard had tree branches and debris everywhere. One came down and damaged a shed in his backyard.

“I looked out the window and it was like buckets coming down. I saw the wind pushing it one direction and immediately it switched went another and I knew we were in trouble. All of the limbs, you look outside our window, all you can see is green,” Whichel said Monday.

Ten homes in the Camelot Drive subdivision were damaged, with a tree coming through one house. The homeowners weren’t there at the time.

A car was also damaged. The good news in the subdivision is no one was hurt.

Lisa Gardner of Charlotte said, “I’m shocked,” as cleanup efforts were underway 24 hours after the storm. Gardner is in disbelief at what happened.

“I’ve never been through a tornado before so it’s scary to begin with,” said Gardner.

She was home with her family when the storm hit. “I said is it a tornado, and just as I said that, he said well your car is under the carport now and the carport is collapsed, and then I happened to look at the front window, then I said well, there’s a fire in the front yard now because the transformer, a tree came down and hit the transformer,” said Gardner.

“It happened so fast man, it came through for about 2 to 3 minutes, did it’s thing, it was just a lot of wind,” said Maurice Tory of Charlotte.

Neighborhoods along Rocky River Road and Burnt Umber Lane in Charlotte saw some of the worse damage from this EF-1 tornado

Bryana Sherman of Charlotte said, “just a big mess that I guess me and my parents, we’re going to have to clean up.”

Sherman’s car was hit by a large tree, and her neighborhood covered in tree damage.

Neighbors tell WBTV this storm was unique.

“It was like a storm that had like a mind of its own, it did the damage in the streets but it didn’t really mess up anybody houses or anything like that was a storm in the streets,” said Tory.

A true testament because no one was injured in this storm, and houses were mostly spared.

Gardner said, “without a doubt that Gods hand was over this house yesterday, you can look at all of the damage around the house, but there’s no damage to my house.”

Mecklenburg County Department of Emergency Management said the last tornado to touchdown in the county was in 2020.

County officials say this damage is minor compared to the last tornado, and they don’t expect the damage to qualify for emergency aid.

Additional surveys may be conducted on Wednesday in Chester County, S.C. and Union County, N.C., according to the NWS.

Stay with WBTV for more details about the NWS’ damage surveying. For the most up-to-the-minute weather updates, download the WBTV Weather App.

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