ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) – The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that an EF-2 tornado hit Orange County during Friday’s storms.
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.
Earlier on Monday, the NWS confirmed that seven tornadoes had touched down in central North Carolina on Friday. They had confirmed four other twisters but hadn’t sent any crews out to survey the sites.
This Orange County tornado was one of the four that hadn’t been surveyed as of early on Monday. Now that it has, a total of eight tornadoes have been confirmed and surveyed by NWS officials. Three more tornadoes have yet to be surveyed.