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Sunday, April 17, 2011

(VIDEOS) April 16th Tornado Outbreak in North Carolina


Preliminary Local Storm Reports as Shared in the National Weather Service Chatroom late yesterday afternoon.
Link to Storm Reports on the Storm Prediction Center website.



There was a tornado outbreak in the Carolinas and Virginia yesterday that killed an unknown number of people and injured scores. The Raleigh News & Observer puts the preliminary death toll at at least 10.


Most areas hit by the storms do not have online newspapers that have reported on the damage to their area, but here are a few that have reported:


The Sanford Herald has perhaps the best reporting on the storms that hit their area, and an excellent Twitter Account. There stories are here, here, and especially here. I have listed, in chronological order, the Sanford Herald tweets regarding the storms in their area at the end of this article. You should check it out.


The FayObserver reports 1 death and 85 injuries by the storms in the Fayetteville area.


The Goldsboro News-Argus makes no report of the storms in Wayne County, but note that the annual Wings Over Wayne Air Show cancelled flights due to high winds.


The Relector reports that Greenville, NC was spared by the storms and that Farmville was hit hard. No fatalities were reported and no number of the injured was reported either.


This was the worst outbreak of tornadoes in North Carolina since the 1984 Carolinas Outbreak, which was responsible for 57 deaths, 1248 injuries, and confirmed tornado damage in 2 counties in Georgia, 8 counties in South Carolina, and 17 counties in North Carolina, according to data from the National Weather Service and the National Climatic Data Center records and statistical data.







Satellite Loop of the Three Day Outbreak



Videos of Sanford Tornado





Tornado in Sanford near Lowe's






Video of damaged Lowe's in Sanford, NC



Videos of Raleigh Tornado





WRAL TV Coverage of Tornado moving through Raleigh, NC






Footage of people taking shelter in the Raleigh Museum of Science






Damage Survey in Raleigh






Brief survey of Damage in Raleigh, NC






Damage Survey on South Saunders Street in Raleigh, NC





This is footage that someone has swiped from Storm Chasing Videos.com



Videos of Wilson Tornado





Skywarn Spotter Video from an Amateur Radio Operator in Wilson County






Wilson, NC






A family sees the Wilson Tornado






Family Chases Tornado with A-Ha playing in the background. Surreal.



Videos of Tornadoes in Other Places in North Carolina





Wall Cloud North of Greenville, NC






Another Wall Cloud, this one near Simpson, NC



Fake or Stolen Videos





This video claims to be of a tornado in Raleigh, NC. 
This is NOT the Raleigh Tornado because the Raleigh Tornado was a rain-wrapped monster. This is a video from last April, filmed in Zebulon, NC and I found it on zzzzzoinks, a You Tube Channel known for stealing other people's content and repurposing it as their own.





Here are the tweets from The Sanford Herald newspaper, presented in chronological order:



 Sanford Herald 

Severe damage from tornado in St. Andrews subdivision of Sanford...rescue crews trying to get to area.

 Sanford Herald 

Roofs off homes...no word on injuries. One surviving family hid in closet; emerged to find "half our house gone..."

 Sanford Herald 

Herald reporters searching for tornado damage, will update on Twitter throughout the day

 Sanford Herald 

Lowe's, tractor supply & big lots destroyed by tornado. Reported gas leaks @ Lowes & hardees.

 Sanford Herald 

Astoundingly, there have been no reports of serious injury to the media yet.


 Sanford Herald 

In tractor supply parking lot. 






 Sanford Herald 

Reports of major damage to coty, static control. St. Andrews community of lemon springs.


 Sanford Herald 

Damage on St. Andrews in Sanford 


 Sanford Herald 

More on St. Andrews Church Road 


 Sanford Herald 

More on St. Andrews Church Road


 Sanford Herald 

St. Andrews damage... 





 Sanford Herald 

One EMS rescue worker says he was not aware of any injuries in the St. Andrews area. Significant damage to at least a dozen homes.


 Sanford Herald 

Witness at Hunt Springs Church says he saw tornado off ground; passed near church. "It was over so fast."

 Sanford Herald 

One St. Andrew resident says he is aware of one fatality in that area; that is UNconfirmed.

 Sanford Herald 

Unconfirmed report: one death in St. Andrews, one in another part of county.

 Sanford Herald 

Lowes home improvement demolished 

 Sanford Herald 

Tornado followed this path across St. Andrews Church Road.

 Sanford Herald 

Tractor Supply damaged by tornado 

 Sanford Herald 

Retail store damaged by tornado 


 Sanford Herald 

Amateur video of the tornado in Sanford:

 Sanford Herald 

Reports that Hardee's on Horner Blvd. near Lowe's is now on fire. Gas leak reported earlier there.

 Sanford Herald 

Near storm's path, wind drove wood through car's fender.

 Sanford Herald 

Wind drove board through house's siding in St. Andrews neighborhood... 


 Sanford Herald 

St andrews church road tornados path 

 Sanford Herald 

On St. Andrews Church Road... 









 Sanford Herald 

Tractor supply damage 


 Sanford Herald 

Looking south down tornado's path 

 Sanford Herald 

Tornado's path south... 

 Sanford Herald 

Another shot of lowes (camera photos coming soon) ... These are phone shots 

 Sanford Herald 

Fire department, Sheriff's Dept. officials set up on St. Andrews Road - they'll set a curfew soon. 

 Sanford Herald 

St. Andrews curfew is 8 p.m.




 Sanford Herald 

Video of Lowes Home Improvement after it was leveled by a tornado in  




 Sanford Herald 

Video of family whose entire upstairs of their home was blown away in today's tornado 



 Sanford Herald 

SanLee Middle School open as a shelter in Lee County.



 Sanford Herald 

Lee County, Sanford in a "state of emergency," meaning new rules apply to damage zones, curfews have been set.



 Sanford Herald 

The Red Cross asks ANYONE affected by the tornado to check in at the SanLee MS shelter, whether they plan to stay or not.


 Sanford Herald 

Also, the Red Cross asks any restaurant owners in the area for donations to the shelter, as it plans to feed more than 500 at the shelter



 Sanford Herald 

Check out our website for continuing, updated coverage - www.sanfordherald.com. (For non-subscribers, access to breaking news is free.)

 Sanford Herald 

Calling it a day. Tomorrow we'll join the volunteers in the clean-up effort and get exact numbers on deaths, injuries from Saturday's storm

 Sanford Herald 

Tornado responsible for deaths, injuries, destruction along four-mile path  via @

 Sanford Herald 

Storm leaves chilling memories, stories of survival via @

 Sanford Herald 

Analysis: This is Sanford's storm of the century via @

 Sanford Herald 

Tornado briefs: How to help, where to find shelter via @





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