Tornadoes confirmed Saturday in Garner, Willow Spring
Posted March 30, 2014
Updated March 31, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.