Raleigh couple find Sanford computer supply box in yard

Posted April 21, 2011

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— A Raleigh couple say a supply box filled with printer cartridges and items from a Sanford business landed in their front yard on Saturday afternoon.

“We just didn't think that much of it until we looked at the company,” Pam Heath said.

The box traveled about 60 miles from the business in the Lemon Springs community, which was hit by a tornado during Saturday’s severe weather.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said it is unusual for a tornado to stay on the ground for more than a few minutes, much less 60 miles.

“It’s like this meandering trajectory of air through this storm and as it's doing that, it's carrying things along with it,” Fishel said. “Wherever that trajectory takes it is where it lands.”

sanford box Raleigh woman finds Sanford box in yard

Fishel said strong winds from the tornado can pull objects to a high altitude, where the winds can be stronger and faster.

The winds were strong enough to pick up Beth Pope’s high school yearbook in Sanford and drop it 30 miles away in Cary.

Pope was reunited with the book on Wednesday.

"I am surprised it's still intact," she said.

After WRAL News reported on Pope’s yearbook, tips came in from four more people who found Pope’s belongings in their yards. The items, which included bank statements and certificates, were found in Raleigh, Cary, Youngsville and Wake Forest.

All are working to return the items.


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  • luv2surffish2 Apr 22, 2011

    big deal
    the 84 tornados took stuff lot further. .wilmington, morehead even got some stuff, not worth news

  • tsquaring Apr 22, 2011

    Well, are they going to give it back?

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Apr 22, 2011

    Wow, bank statements? It's scarey to think how many items were whisked away by the tornado's that may have personal identification/SS information on it. Hopefully if anything is found it's returned to the right person. It's sad to think that there are people out there who would probably take advantage of getting their hands on information of that sort.

  • mad_dash Apr 22, 2011

    Wow that is just amazing to me.

  • chirssie Apr 22, 2011

    One of my friends lives north of 540 off of Six Forks & her neighbor found a resume from Sanford in their backyard. I saw a huge hunk of metal (could've been roofing?) on the ground behind my house in Durant Trace right after the storm.

  • tran Apr 22, 2011

    This week, I've seen many clumps of insulation lying about or hanging from tree limbs.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Apr 22, 2011

    They found bank statements? I feel like I need to be using a fireproof safe instead of a locking filing cabinet for my non tax things after reading this!

  • shortcake53 Apr 22, 2011

    Blows me away, no pun intended!

  • billwilsonnc Apr 22, 2011

    I found a lampshade in the middle of umstead park while running