National Weather Service Confirms Tornadoes, Recovery Underway


The National Weather Service on Monday said 11 suspected tornadoes touched down in Arkansas during severe weather this past weekend.

In North Carolina, the weather service office in Raleigh said Monday that a tornado hit Greensboro, carrying maximum winds of 135 miles per hour with a path that was at least 300 yards (274 meters) wide.

The NWS says the tornado first touched down in northwest Campbell County, just south of Waterlink Road and east of Timberlake Road, with an initial path width of about 100 yards.

But the confirmation of whether it was an actual tornado will come Monday when teams are able to look at the damage on the ground.

There were several reports by emergency personnel along the way reporting they spotted a tornado so the NWS is fairly confident that that is what they will find through their surveying today. Damage was not catastrophic in any community and the wind speeds were on the lower end for tornadoes, but the twisters blew debris onto county roads, damaged some buildings and left some people white-knuckle driving.

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The tornadoes largely occurred in rural or uninhabited places, lessening the damage.

The twisters formed throughout the state as part of a storm system that moved through Arkansas on Friday night.

The weather service said the 14.9 inches (37.8 centimeters) at Minneapolis airport from Friday through Sunday set a record for the largest April snowstorm ever there.

UPDATE - 4/15/18 6:28 p.m. Daylight revealed a wasteland of debris in Mountainburg, with trees uprooted, roofs ripped off, and a mobile home torn from its foundation. It also did minor damage to a church, to a garage and outbuildings. They have confirmed an EF-1 tornado and an EF-0 so far in East Texas.