Officials confirm tornado hit Wendell Sunday night

Wake County News

The National Weather Service in Raleigh confirms at EF-1 tornado hit Wendell Sunday night.

A National Weather Service meteorologist spent Monday afternoon surveying damage near Sadie Drive and Edgemont Road.

For Barry Allen and his neighbors near Sadie Drive, Monday was spent making repairs and picking up the wreckage from Sunday’s storm.

“I think this is ground zero. I’m pretty sure. I have some neighbors over here, I know they have damage,” Allen said.

The roof on Allen’s barn was badly damaged. Two sheds for his shooting range went airborne before crashing into trees, becoming a mangled mess.

“Looking out my bedroom window, the debris field was swirling, it looked like a tornado to me,” said Allen.

Brandon Dunstan, a meteorologist with the NWS in Raleigh, paid a visit to Allen’s neighborhood. His job Monday was to determine if strong straight-line winds, or a weak tornado tore through Wendell.

“We’re going to look at how the damage is spread out. How it’s laying from where the storm winds affected it. Could be more of a convergent path, which signals a tornado. Or stuff is more fanned out, which is more straight-line winds,” Dunstan said.

While Dunstan examined the damage to trees and property, Allen said he was grateful it wasn’t worse.

“I think this is very lucky that more trees didn’t fall on more houses. If you look around, there are lots of cases of the trees falling around the houses. That’s the good Lord looking out for us,” Allen said.

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