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Tornado does minor damage in Moore, Lincoln counties

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm

According to the National Weather Service, an EF-1 tornado touched down in Moore County on Friday, April 19 at approximately 2 a.m.

The tornado first touched down just south of state Route 50/Fayetteville Hwy. near Crystal Ridge Rd., causing minor damage to a barn and snapping a few trees along Mulberry Creek. The tornado continued to move east northeast,  crossing Gattistown Rd., snapping and uprooting both soft and hardwood trees. The tornado reached EF-l intensity at this point along its track.

The twister then nearly paralleled Louse Creek Rd. as it moved from Lincoln County into Moore County. Apparent EF-l damage was observed to mainly soft and hardwood trees in this area. The tornado crossed Spencer Ridge Rd. and Goose Branch Rd.

Large hardwood trees were snapped off at the base as it moved across the ridgeline, where it reached its widest path of roughly 400 yards and greatest intensity with winds estimated near 105 mph.

As the tornado continued to lift northeast, it crossed state Route 50/Winchester Highway. Large trees were downed in this area with a wide swath of lines down here. A telecommunications pole was also snapped near the top in this area.

Tree damage was noted along Norman Wiseman Rd., with the roof peeled off a large barn. A large tree was uprooted and fell on the back of a house on Damron Rd., with other large trees uprooted in the vicinity. The tornado crossed Beech Hill Rd. before lifting on the east side of Bakertown Rd. near Story Lane.

The twister was on the ground for about 6.8 miles and approximately 12 minutes according to the report from the National Weather Service.

An EF-1 tornado is considered weak, but still dangerous, with winds typically in the 86 to 110 mph range.

Metro Moore County EMA Director Jason Deal reminded Moore County residents to sign up for the CodeRED system, a weather warning system through the local EMA.

The Metro Moore County EMA contracted with Emergency Communications Network, LLC to license its CodeRED high-speed notification system. The CodeRED system provides Moore County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire Moore County.

One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is that it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly in the system’s database, which is an extremely important feature.

“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Deal added, urging all individuals and businesses to enroll in the Code Red Emergency Notification System. “If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.”

You may contact Marge Gammill at the Metro Moore Sheriff’s Department from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to supply your information over the phone.

Required information includes first and last name, street address — physical address, no P.O. Boxes — city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well. Also look for county EMA officials at local community events to register as well. You may also register at the Moore County Public Library.

CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information.  The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes.  Questions should be directed to the Metro Moore County Emergency Management Office at (931) 759-7323.  Ask to speak to Deal or Gammill.

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