Published: 2008-08-29 09:59:08
Updated: 2008-08-29 09:59:08
Posted August 29, 2008 9:59 a.m. EDT
By Nate Johnson
After most significant severe weather events, the local office of the National Weather Service typically goes out and surveys the damage left behind. They do this to learn what actually happened "on the ground" and determine whether the warnings they issued match the end results.
During Wednesday's severe weather episode, we had a number of tornado warnings issued. The NWS office in Raleigh dispatched teams to survey the damage and confirm that tornadoes actually formed, and their report was issued recently. They confirmed a touchdown of a weak tornado in Chatham county, just west of Silk Hope, and two touchdowns of another weak tornado northeast of Freemont in Wayne county. Both tornadoes had estimated peak winds of 75 mph and were categorized as EF-0 -- the weakest kind -- on the Enhanced Fujita scale.