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1 dead, major damage in Greensboro after reported tornado touches down

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) - One person died and a reported tornado brought damage to parts of Greensboro as it traveled through the city and into Rockingham County Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE: Tornado with 135 mph winds confirmed in Greensboro

It was a quick moving tornado that eventually touched down around 5:10 p.m at Gate City Boulevard and Highway 29.

The WFMY News crew even had to take emergency shelter as the tornado traveled down Highway 29 and crossed over the TV station.

The National Weather Service said Monday afternoon that they estimate the tornado was a high-end EF-2 with max winds of 135 mph and a path at least 300 yards wide.

A man in Greensboro captured damage along Willow Road after the twister. The man in the video had to break down the door to his grandmother's house to get to her. 

A viewer also captured video of the tornado from the highway as it continued to travel.

Immediately reports of damage started coming into the station. Damage included homes, buildings, cars, trees down and power outages. 

Later, a State of Emergency was declared in Greensboro and Greensboro police confirmed one person died in the storms, but did not provide any details.

Huge trees fell and crushed a car on Cone Boulevard near Summit Avenue in Greensboro.

A mobile home was picked up and tossed across the street onto a car in Reidsville. Two people were in the car at the time when the mobile home hit it. They were taken to the hospital.

Hampton Elementary School was heavily damaged by the storm and will be closed on Monday along with all schools in the district, Guilford County officials said late Sunday.

The tornado traveled from Greensboro to Browns Summit, Reidsville, Ruffin, while traveling towards Danville, Virginia.

In Guilford County, the Glenwood Recreation Center at 2010 Coliseum Blvd. was opened as an emergency shelter at 8 p.m. for people displaced by severe storm and tornado.

CBS 17 contributed to this report.


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