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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Tue, 04/19/2011 - 9:08am.
As we were looking back at the Tornado Outbreak on Monday, I mentioned that many of these totals could change - and they already have. The National Weather Service had a chance to survey some more sites, and found new results. Now, it is confirmed that there were tornado touchdowns in Columbus County as well.
The path of one storm was found 9 miles south of Whiteville. This confirmed twister was rated as an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, and is estimated to have had max winds around 100mph.
Another storm path was located about 6 miles southwest of Clarkton. This was an EF-0 tornado, the lowest category on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, and is estimated to have max winds around 70 mph. It may be easy to dismiss this as a weak storm given the others that we have seen, but 70 mph winds are nothing to sneeze at - and plenty strong enough to cause damage.
As of right now, the total number of confirmed tornadoes within our local area has reached 7 - and looks like it will stay there. The NWS does not have any other plans right now to survey any other areas, although if somebody sends in a compelling enough damage report - they could still head over to investigate.
Here's the county-by-county breakdown:
Let's hope these are the last storm reports like these we have in our area for a long time to come!
Enjoy the warm weather!
By: Tim Buckley