NOAA National Weather Service damage survey indicates Riegelwood, N.C., tornado was a strong F-3

Monday, 20 November 2006

An NOAA National Weather Service survey team has investigated the damage and path left by Thursday's tornado that struck Riegelwood, N.C. The preliminary results indicate a strong F-3 tornado occurred (on the Fujita scale of F-0 to F-5) with maximum winds approaching 200 mph. The path of the tornado was seven miles with F-3 damage occurring along one mile of this path. The maximum path width was 300 yards.

The tornado touched down at the intersection of Old Lake Road and Robbie Lane in east Columbus County, N.C., moving from the south-southwest to the north-northeast at 50 mph. The tornado lifted in a 500-acre wooded area just south of the Cape Fear River. Thirty structures were damaged or destroyed.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Wilmington, N.C. issued a severe thunderstorm warning for east Columbus County at 6:21 a.m. EST. A tornado warning was issued for the same area at 6:29 a.m. EST. Preliminary information indicates tornado touchdown occurred at 6:37 a.m. EST, providing a lead-time of eight minutes.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 20 November 2006 )