National Weather Service: Saturday storm was tornado

Posted August 13, 2012

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— The National Weather Service confirmed on Monday that the violent storm that swept the Wilson County community of Stantonsburg Saturday afternoon was an EF-1 tornado. Winds in the storm peaked at 105 mph, and the tornado was on the ground for about a quarter-mile.

Eastern Wilson and Edgecombe counties were under a tornado warning for about an hour Saturday afternoon as a line of fast-moving, severe thunderstorms marched east, leaving a swath of property damage.

No one was injured, but the storm blew apart resident Robert Watson's carport, garage and SUV and damaged his living room. "Just a couple of minutes and it was over with," he said.

Emergency personnel said the winds lifted a neighboring home off the foundation.

Earlier on Saturday, an outbreak of whipping winds prompted a short-lived tornado warning in Nash and Halifax counties. 


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  • jgilchr Aug 13, 2012

    rwest134 actually it does matter. It verifies that accuracy of their warnings. Verifying accuracy shows what they are doing right or perhaps wrong in some cases. It could eventually lead to less false alarms and better lead time when tornado is on your doorstep. It is called sound science and it could save your life one day.

  • DontAnnoyMe Aug 13, 2012

    "the forecast says 90% chance of rain and it barely rains at all." - injameswetrust2003

    90% chance means it will rain _somewhere in the forecast area_ 9 out of 10 times. It missed you that time.

  • Keyboard cat Aug 13, 2012

    This weekend's 'stormy' weather in the Triangle was an absolute joke.

  • injameswetrust2003 Aug 13, 2012

    americaneel: Here's another mystery: the forecast says 90% chance of rain and it barely rains at all.

  • IBleedRedandWhite Aug 13, 2012

    Some of it has to deal with insurance purposes depending on if it actually was a tornado or just simply striaght line winds. Also, I think it is very important to track and determine tornado outbreaks as we are still learning how these are produced and what produces them. The more we can learn about tornadoes the more lives we might be able to save one day.

  • justabumer Aug 13, 2012

    I understand that it's the National Weather Service's job to determine this stuff. I just don't think its something which is important to know. Seems like a waste of taxpayer's dollars to me. I also don't understand why anyone could have their house blown into the next county and then be concerned about what kind of storm it was. As Bill Murry said in that classic film "Meatballs", "It just doesn't matter".

  • americaneel Aug 13, 2012

    another huge mystery solved...

  • LovemyPirates Aug 13, 2012

    One reason is that the people impacted by the storm want to know for just that, to know. It's also the "job" of the National Weather Service to determine the status of storms.

  • justabumer Aug 13, 2012

    I have never understood why it's so important to determine whether or not a storm was a toronado. The damage has been done and whatever designation is tacked onto the storm won't change anything.