Tornadoes confirmed in Iredell, Cleveland counties on Thursday.
“I’ve never seen anything like this..”
IRON STATION, N.C. (WBTV) - The National Weather Service has confirmed another tornado touched down in our area – this time in Iredell County.
The first round of tornados came from severe storms Monday night. More storms rolled through Thursday, bringing with them an EF-2 tornado near Tuckers Grove Road.
The tornado damaged the roofs of a mobile home and barn, damaged several trees and left one person with minor injuries. Its path included Bruce Farm and Indian Hill roads.
NWS officials reported that the tornado lasted just under 6 miles with peak wind gusts of 115 mph.
An EF-0 tornado was also confirmed in Cleveland County, during Thursday’s storms.
Peak winds reached 65 mph and the tornado touched down briefly near Towery Road in Lattimore.
A shed and a few trees were damaged.
Peeled back roofing, and damaged homes remain after Thursday’s storms in Iredell County.
“We all could have not made it,” said Deborah Neill of Iredell County, “I see the big tree, the big tree at the wellhouse coming towards the kitchen where I’m going in the door.”
Neill was home Thursday night when the storm blew a large tree onto her house.
“By the time I get in the door, I mean the wind is so bad, it’s pushing, I could hear a roar,” said Neill.
Teresa Carico was driving with her husband when she saw the tornado, “I’ve never seen anything like this, I just said Lord let everybody be safe in the path of this thing.”
Along Bruce Farm Road, the storm took down powerlines, uprooted trees, ripped roofing off some homes, and damaged others.
Carico said, “It’s unreal, all of this is like a bad dream and I hope I never see another one.”
Iredell County Emergency Management tell me about 20 people were impacted by storm damage.
“It’s becoming more and more frequent in our area, its used to be that infrequent and now it seems like at least we’re seeing storms with rotation,” said Kent Greene, Iredell County Director of Fire Services and Emergency Management.
Greene and his team were assessing buildings damage by the storm ahead of the National Weather Service surveying the damage Friday morning.
Trisha Palmer, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg said, “we need to know for the historical data base, for folks and their insurance, it’s all act of God, its wind, it’s act of God, a lot of people are interested in what happened,”
Thankfully, there were no serious injuries in this storm, one person had a minor injury.
Neill said, “Just a gash on my arm and a knot, but it’s okay, back and neck a little sore where debris was hitting me, but it didn’t break no skin or nothing.”
Unfortunately, Neill’s house was destroyed.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do, I’m still in shock, I’ve still got to take all of this in, you know it’s hard,” said Neill.
The American Red Cross is assisting people in Iredell County impacted by this storm yesterday, and the county is working with other charitable organizations to help as well.
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