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100 mph winds hit Moore County

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm

The National Weather Service and Moore County survey team determined an EF-1 tornado with estimated peak wind speed of 100 MPH touched down in northeastern Moore County. The tornado cut a path of destruction more than 5 miles long and more than 300 yards wide. In Moore County, between Turkey Creek Loop and Turkey Creek Church Road, significant tree damage was observed by the team. Numerous, healthy soft wood trees were either uprooted or snapped. Billy Thomas, owner of Lynchburg Cake and Candies, reported the tin roof of his business was destroyed during the storm. “Its been a real challenge trying to keep my inventory dry. We’ve been working round the clock repairing the building and cutting up all the trees torn up by the storm,” Thomas stated. Other residents on Cashion Road report damage to buildings and trees. A neighbor of Thomas had the entire tin roof of her barn destroyed during the storm. An area of convergence was noted as several trees along Turkey Creek Loop were oriented in a northerly direction (potentially due to a developing rear flank down draft) with debris scattered eastward near and along Turkey Creek Church Rd. As the tornado tracked into Franklin County, sporadic tree damage was observed; generally the most intense damage occurred near the end of the track along Hurricane Rd and Riddle Ln where a chicken house (undergoing rebuilding) and a mobile home were completely destroyed. Estimated wind speed at this location was 100 MPH (decreased due to the unknown quality of the chicken house and unknown condition of the mobile home). Further to the east, the tornado knocked down several more trees, before gusting out, and causing straight line wind damage, along HWY 130 and areas further east. During the weather event Moore County Communications Center responded to a flurry of calls throughout the storm. During the six hour period of the storm the 911 center answered: eight- 911 calls, 320 land line request, 54 storm damage calls reporting downed trees and electric lines blocking roadways, three ambulance calls, 2 of which were related to power outage and patient needed help with medical equipment and one structure fire.