At least 10 tornadoes touched down in central NC on Friday, NWS now says

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — National Weather Service officials now confirm that at least 10 tornadoes touched down in central North Carolina on April 19.

As of Monday night, the NWS had confirmed an EF-2 tornado in Orange County, EF-1 tornadoes in Chatham, Moore, Sampson, Nash, Edgecombe, and Halifax counties, and two EF-0 twisters in Northampton County.

As of Monday morning, seven tornadoes had been confirmed and surveyed, with at least four more left to be checked out by officials. By Monday night, three more tornadoes had been surveyed.

It’s possible there are more tornadoes that will be confirmed on Tuesday.

The EF-1 twisters were the strongest recorded in central North Carolina until an EF-2 was confirmed in Orange County in Hillsborough.

An alert from the NWS said a tornado “initially touched down in the White Cross area and Leslie Drive area of southwest Orange County.” Among the damage caused was the snapping and splitting of healthy, large-trunk trees.

“Given the magnitude and nature of the damage, wind speeds were estimated at 110 mph,” the alert said.

The tornado then headed in a north-northwest direction. It began to dissipate near Hillsborough just north of Interstate 40 near exit 261. It damaged several homes just south of that exit, the alert said.

“Damage at this location was estimated at 115 mph, making this tornado a low-end EF-2,” the alert said. An EF-2 is a tornado with wind speeds measured between 111 and 135 mph.

There were no fatalities as a result of any of the tornadoes that touched down last Friday.

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