Photo of tornado in the Charlotte area posted by Twitter User @wxbrad and taken by Don Gemmell. For more information, see the Charlotte Observer.
Several tornadoes hit North Carolina on last night in what will probably be referred to as the Palm Sunday 2010 Outbreak. I can't find any reports of deaths or serious injuries as a direct result of the tornadoes, so there's a bit of good news. At this time, it seems to be limited to 7 or 8 tornadoes. Here are a few preliminary reports that I have gathered from around the Internet:
This is a 2 video play list of scanner audio from High Point, NC of the initial response from Fire Departments in the area, including communications as more tornadoes come through the area. Hat Tip to @RidgeKeeper for the link on her Twitter account.
Here is a damage report from the Storm Prediction Center regarding last night's tornadoes in North Carolina, including one in Florida...
|2140||8 W CHARLOTTE||MECKLENBURG||NC||3520||8098||SPOTTER REPORTED TORNADO WITH DEBRIS IN THE AIR NEAR CATAWBA RIVER AND WILKENSON BLVD. (GSP)|
|2206||MELBOURNE||BREVARD||FL||2808||8061||POSSIBLE TORNADO ON CYPRESS BEND CIRCLE OFF JOHN RODES BLVD. TREE BRANCHES BROKE SEVERAL WINDOWS OF A RESIDENCE. (MLB)|
|2300||8 SW LEXINGTON||DAVIDSON||NC||3573||8036||SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE REPORTED AT MOBILE HOME PARK NEAR CLARK ROAD AND I-85 NEAR LINWOOD. MULTIPLE MOBILE HOMES OVERTURNED. INJURIES REPORTED. (RAH)|
|2327||3 SW HIGH POINT||GUILFORD||NC||3595||8003||LARGE TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR GREEN STREET BAPTIST CHURCH MOVING NE AT 35 MPH. (RAH)|
|2333||2 WNW HIGH POINT||GUILFORD||NC||3599||8002||GUILFORD COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER CONFIRMED 20 STURDY HOMES DAMAGED NORTH OF HIGH POINT. (RAH)|
|2338||4 NW HIGH POINT||FORSYTH||NC||3602||8004||SKYWARN SPOTTER REPORTED 3 INJURIES AND EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE AS WELL AS ROOFS RIPPED OFF OF SEVERAL BUILDINGS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF OLD MILL ROAD AND SKEET CLUB ROA (RAH)|
|2339||2 N THOMASVILLE||DAVIDSON||NC||3592||8008||DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE MOBILE HOMES AT VALLEY MOBILE ESTATES, NORTH OF THOMASVILLE ROAD NEAR HASTY. AT LEAST 1 INJURY. (RAH)|
|0030||CROWDERS||GASTON||NC||3519||8121||POSSIBLE TORNADO REPORTED NEAR CROWDERS MOUNTAIN. (GSP)|
|0355||12 SE ROXBORO||PERSON||NC||3628||7883||TREES DOWN AND POWER OUT IN THE MORIAH AREA...ALONG HELENA-MORIAH ROAD. PUBLIC REPORTED A ROARING SOUND. (RAH)|
Here are a few of the first videos to be uploaded regarding the storms:
Video taken with a cell phone of a tornado outside of Spencer, NC and High Point on 85 South bound.
Audio of a Tornado Warning issued in the Greensboro, NC area.
A video report from a storm chaser browsing reports on the Internet.
I guess this means that the spring tornado season is now underway...