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Tornadoes confirmed Saturday in Garner, Willow Spring

Posted March 30, 2014
Updated March 31, 2014

— The National Weather Service says two tornadoes touched down in Wake County during severe weather Saturday night.

The first report of an EF0 tornado – with maximum wind speeds of 85 mph – touched down near the intersection of Old Stage Road and N.C. Highway 42 in Willow Spring at 8:57 p.m., according to a storm survey report the weather service released Sunday evening.

The report states the tornado touched down for 1 minute and had a maximum path width of 145 yards and a path length of an eighth of a mile. It damaged several trees, the roof a home and picked up an outbuilding and slammed it down 50 yards away.

The second tornado report – also an EF0 with maximum winds estimated at 80 mph – hit a home at the intersection of Trebor Drive and Crosse Point Lane at 9:08 p.m.

According to the Enhanced Fujita Scale, an EF0 is the weakest category of tornado and damage is minimal.

Saturday's weather prompted the weather service to issue tornado watches and warnings for part of central North Carolina.

Wind damage was reported elsewhere in Garner, including the Meadowbrook subdivision. Several shoppers reported huddling together at a Target at White Oak Shopping Center as the storm passed through, while others across the area hid in closets and bath tubs.

Sunday's highs reached the mid-50s, and are expected to climb to 80 by Friday. Skies will be partly cloudy and mostly clear throughout the week with the next chance of rain on Friday. Low temperatures will range in the 40s to upper 50s this week.


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  • 678devilish Apr 1, 2014

    man never have control over the element. only God is in control. I am thankful for that!

  • Obamacare returns again Mar 31, 2014

    Weakest tornado ever.....

  • Kristin Byrne Mar 31, 2014
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    PNC wasn't in the tornadoes path, and even if it had been, you were probably much safer inside the arena than anywhere else. An announcement at the game would have done more harm than good.

  • simplelogic Mar 31, 2014

    It's amazing to me how they're able to track these things nowadays. Clearly for the majority of the time they were watching this one, it wasn't even a tornado, but the rotation was there so the warnings made sense. I'm glad it was no worse than it was.

  • Pepe Silvia Mar 31, 2014

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    The tornadoes were in southern Wake County. I'm sure that the PNC Arena folks were watching the storm very carefully and have action plans in place, but clearly there was no need for them to use them.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Mar 31, 2014

    This came so close to me at home and brother at work. Thank God no one was hurt, and thank God for the weather casters who were on the screen for so long, giving us information of it's path.

    Next time though, on WRAL, when the weather reporter is saying he's pointing at an intersection/path whatever, could you show actual ARROWS where he's pointing. I never saw on of those and had to constantly run to the computer to pull up a map and find out where that intersection was myself.

  • btneast Mar 31, 2014

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    You knew storms were in the area yet you waited on the PNC staff to make a judgment as to whether you were safe or not? Instant weather is easily available on cell phones...as are weather alerts .

  • rduwxboy Mar 31, 2014

    @busyb97, at no time was the PNC arena in the warning polygon. I would bet had it been, the arena would have announced it and taken action, as they do for storms during NC State basketball games and next door at Carter Finley. And if you had the WRAL app on your phone you would have had updates. I live downtown and got the alert and warning sound on my phone.

  • busyb97 Mar 31, 2014

    This was a bit unnerving to learn about....since at the time, we were among the 16,000+ fans at the Hurricanes game when the storms rolled through. Was there a tornado warning for wake county and if so, why did they not do something to warn folks? Hmmmmmm. I had said to my husband (we knew storms were in the area, just not tornadoes) that I wasnt sure if I would rather take my chances and stay in the stadium or be crushed in the tunnels with everyone trying to seek shelter, especially being in the upper level.