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The National Weather Service has completed their storm surveys of the deadly tornadoes that affected much of North Carolina on Saturday April 16th, 2011.

Many of the tornadoes across North Carolina on Saturday were long track tornadoes. Some of the storms produced damage paths up to 60 miles long.

Across southeastern North Carolina the longest tracks included those in Bladen County. Below are breakdowns of the tornadoes in each county

Strength County (Towns) Max Winds Max Path Width Path Length Fatalities
EF2 Bladen/Cumberland/Sampson (Ammon to Clinton) 130mph 200 yards 30 miles 3
EF2 Bladen County (Bladenboro to Elizabethtown) 120mph 440 yards
(1/4 mile) 
14 miles  1
EF0 Columbus County (SW of Clarkton) 70 mph 25 yards  .25 mile  0
EF1 Columbus County (Williams) 100 mph 50 yards  1 mile  0
EF1 Robeson County (Rowland) 105 mph 50 yards  1 mile  0
EF1 Robeson County (Barker Ten Mile) 105 mph  .2 mile 1.6 miles 0
EF3 Onslow County (Camp Lejeune) 145 mph  1/4 mile  3.7 0
EF0 Duplin County  (Kenansville) Unk Unk  Unk  0


Below are the summaries from the National Weather Service Storm Surveys


EF2 Ammons Tornado - Bladen County to Sampson County
...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON NC HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR AMMON IN BLADEN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON APRIL 16 2011.

AN ADDITIONAL STORM SURVEY CONFIRMED TORNADO TOUCHDOWN TO THE
SOUTHWEST OF WHERE THE FATALITIES OCCURRED ALONG OLD FAYETTVILLE RD.
THE TOUCHDOWN SEVERELY IMPACTED FOXFIRE NURSERY IN NORTHERN BLADEN
COUNTY. THE TORNADO COMPLETELY DESTROYED 4 LARGE HOG HOUSES...AND
SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED TWO OTHERS. SMALL OFFICES AND OUTBUILDINGS
NEAR THE HOG HOUSES WHERE ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED OR COMPLETELY
DESTROYED. THERE WERE A COUPLE DOZEN TREES DOWNED IN THE AREA ALONG
WITH DOWNED POWER LINES. OVER 100 HOGS WERE KILLED BY THE TORNADO.
EF1 (105 MPH) DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AT THE FOXFIRE LOCATION WITH A
DAMAGE SWATH OF 200 YARDS.

THREE MANUFACTURED HOMES (TWO SINGLEWIDES AND A DOUBLEWIDE) WERE
COMPLETELY DESTROYED AS THE TORNADO MOVED FROM THE WOODED AREA
DOWNSTREAM OF THE FOXFIRE NURSERY AND CROSSED OLD FAYETTEVILLE
ROAD. ALL THE HOMES APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN STRAPPED DOWN. A FOURTH
SINGLEWIDE MANUFACTURED HOME WAS BROKEN FROM ITS FOUNDATION AND
TURNED 90 DEGREES. SEVERAL DOZEN PINE AND HARDWOOD TREES WERE
SNAPPED OFF...AS WELL AS A FEW POWER POLES. THE DAMAGE IN AMMON
APPEARED TO BE THE BEGINNING OF A SIGNIFICANT PATH OF DAMAGE WHICH
CONTINUED NORTH INTO CUMBERLAND COUNTY TO NEAR CLINTON. THREE
FATALITIES OCCURRED IN THE AREA ALONG OLD FAYETTEVILLE RD. THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION FOR
THE TORNADO IMPACTS IN SOUTHERN CUMBERLAND COUNTY.



EF2 Bladenboro Tornado - Bladen County

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON NC HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR BLADENBORO IN BLADEN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON APRIL 16,
2011.

TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED AT 458 PM IN DOWNTOWN BLADENBORO AT THE
INTERSECTION OF SEABOARD ROAD AND NC HIGHWAY 242 (N. MAIN STREET). A
GAS STATION HAD ITS ASPHALT ROOF ENTIRELY RIPPED OFF AND TOSSED INTO
THE ALUMINUM AWNING OVER THE PUMPS, DAMAGING THE AWNING. ACROSS
SEABOARD ROAD A SMALL INDUSTRIAL BUILDING ALSO HAD ITS ASPHALT ROOF
ENTIRELY REMOVED AND TOSSED 30 YARDS DOWNWIND. THE TORNADO THEN CAME
ENTIRELY TO THE GROUND DECIMATING A GROVE OF ABOUT 75 MAPLE/OAK
TREES...SOME UP TO 2 FT IN DIAMETER. PATH WIDTH AT THIS POINT WAS
APPROXIMATELY 150 YARDS, AND ESTIMATED WINDS AT THIS POINT WERE 90
TO 100 MPH...WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH AN EF1 RATING.

THE TORNADO REMAINED ON THE GROUND AS IT TRACKED JUST WEST OF HWY
242 NE OF BLADENBORO. ALONG THIS PATH THE TORNADO ENCOUNTERED A
SERIES OF SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOMES. OF THESE HOMES, ONE UN-MOUNTED
HOME WAS FLIPPED ONTO ITS SIDE...A SECOND WAS PARTIALLY DESTROYED...
WHILE A THIRD HAD ITS ENTIRE METAL ROOF COVERING RIPPED OFF AND
TOSSED UP INTO A TREE. JUST BEYOND THESE HOMES THE BLADENBORO EMS
BUILDING WAS ALSO DAMAGED. PARTIAL UPLIFT OF THE ROOF OF THIS BRICK
BUILDING WAS NOTED...AS WELL AS THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF A SMALL
SHED. IN ADDITION...MANY LARGE HARDWOOD TREES WERE UPROOTED. THIS
DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH WINDS OF 90 TO 100 MPH...CONTINUING ALONG
AS AN EF1 RATING.

THE TORNADO THEN WIDENED TO 200 YARDS AS IT CONTINUED NE JUST WEST
OF HWY 242. THE TORNADO ENCOUNTERED A NEIGHBORHOOD OF MOBILE HOMES
IN THE RONALD BRITT ROAD AREA. ALMOST EVERY TREE IN THIS
NEIGHBORHOOD...MOSTLY CONSISTING OF OAK...WAS SNAPPED ABOUT HALFWAY
UP THE TRUNK. MANY OF THE HOMES SUSTAINED AT LEAST MINOR COSMETIC
DAMAGE. THREE OF THE HOMES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED INCLUDING ONE
IN WHICH EVEN THE DEBRIS HAD BEEN DEPOSITED WELL DOWNWIND OF WHERE
THE HOME INITIALLY STOOD. IT WAS IN THIS LOCATION THAT THE ONE
FATALITY OCCURRED.  ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE DAMAGE IN THIS AREA
CONTINUED AS EF1...THE WORST DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH WINDS OF 110
TO 120 MPH WHICH IS LOW END EF2.

AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO THE NE IT WIDENED FURTHER AND INCREASED
IN STRENGTH. NEAR BILL CRAWLEY ROAD AT AROUND 508 PM...A SINGLE WIDE
MOBILE HOME WAS COMPLETELY DEMOLISHED AND ITS DEBRIS WAS SPREAD 50
YARDS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF HWY 242. 75-80% OF ALL TREES WERE SNAPPED
OR UPROOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED BACK ACROSS HWY
242 AND REACHED ITS MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH OF 440 YARDS AS IT CROSSED
GUYTON ROAD AND ENCOUNTERED A SERIES OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES. A LARGE
BRICK HOME HAD APPROXIMATELY HALF OF ITS ROOF DESTROYED AND BLOWN
AWAY WHILE THE OTHER HOMES SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT COSMETIC DAMAGE.
ADDITIONALLY...A FEW EMPTY GALVANIZED STEEL GRAIN SILOS WERE LIFTED
AND MOVED 100 YARDS. THIS DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH AN EF2 RATING...
WITH WINDS AROUND 120 MPH.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON THE GROUND THROUGH MOSTLY FORESTED AREAS
UNTIL APPROACHING THE ELIZABETHTOWN AREA BY 512 PM.  IT FIRST
IMPACTED THE HAYFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD BEFORE CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE
TO THE AREA BETWEEN SINGLETARY AVENUE AND DOLL STREET...SE OF NC HWY
87. IN THE HAYFIELD AREA A WELL CONSTRUCTED HOME HAD ITS ROOF
PARTIALLY LIFTED CAUSING THE EXTERIOR WALLS TO BOW OUT. SIGNIFICANT
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO THE ROOF AND UPPER PORTION OF
EXTERIOR WALLS. MANY OTHER HOMES IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD EXPERIENCED
SIGNIFICANT COSMETIC DAMAGE. AS THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS CROMARTIE
ROAD ITS WIDTH DECREASED TO ABOUT 300 YARDS AND IT SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED NEARLY 100% OF THE TREES IN THIS AREA. MOST OF THE
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOMES HERE WAS FROM FALLING TREES. THE DAMAGE
DIRECTLY RELATED TO WINDS WAS MOSTLY COSMETIC WITH SHINGLES TORN OFF
AND SIDING DAMAGED. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED HWY 87 IT MADE A DIRECT
HIT ON ELIZABETHTOWN BAPTIST CHURCH. MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE WAS NOTED
ON SEVERAL OF THE BUILDINGS...AND A BRICK COVERED WALKWAY WAS ALMOST
COMPLETELY LEVELED. THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH EF1 DAMAGE...WITH WINDS
OF 90 TO 100 MPH.

FROM THERE THE TORNADO CONTINUED NE IMPACTING MOSTLY RURAL AREAS AND
FORESTED REGIONS AS IT BEGAN TO WEAKEN. THE TORNADO CROSSED NC HWY
53 W TAKING DOWN A SWATH OF PINE TREES 100 YARDS WIDE...SOME OF
WHICH BLOCKED THE ROAD. THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH LOW END EF1
DAMAGE...WITH WINDS OF 85 TO 95 MPH. AT THIS POINT IT APPEARS THE
TORNADO BEGAN TO LIFT AS THE REMAINDER OF THE DAMAGE WAS MORE
CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE THROUGH THE OAK TREE LANE
AREA. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT AT THIS POINT A STRONG REAR FLANK
DOWNDRAFT WRAPPED AROUND THE TORNADO AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANT TREE
DAMAGE BUT VERY LITTLE IN THE WAY OF STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. MANY LARGE
OAK TREES WERE UPROOTED WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH WINDS AROUND 80
MPH. SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE DAMAGE PATH CAME TO AN END AS A FEW
SNAPPED PINES WERE NOTED NE OF WILLARD TATUM ROAD BY 520 PM.


EF0 Clarkton Tornado - Columbus/Bladen County
...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON NC HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR 6 SW OF CLARKTON IN COLUMBUS COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON
APRIL 16 2011.

THE TORNADO WAS CAPTURED ON VIDEO BY A TRAINED SPOTTER MOVING ACROSS
AN OPEN FIELD ALMOST A QUARTER MILE NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF
HIGHWAY 701 AND ROUTE 131 SOUTHWEST OF CLARKTON NC. THE TORNADO
FORMED AND QUICKLY DISSIPATED ON THE FIELD EAST OF THE ROAD. THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM INVESTIGATED THIS AREA
BUT WAS UNABLE TO FIND ANY DAMAGE. BASED OFF OBSERVATIONS OF THE
VIDEO AND LACK OF ANY DAMAGE...THIS TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO HAVE
WINDS OF 70 MPH...OR EF0 INTENSITY...DURING ITS BRIEF TIME ON THE
GROUND.


EF1 Williams Tornado - Columbus County
...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON NC HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO 9 MILES SOUTH OF WHITEVILLE IN COLUMBUS COUNTY NORTH
CAROLINA ON APRIL 16 2011.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A FIELD WEST OF LEBANON CHURCH RD CAUSING
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO A STAND OF TWO DOZEN TREES WHICH WERE MAINLY
SNAPPED JUST WEST OF THE ROAD. THE TORNADO CROSSED LEBANON CHURCH
RD PASSING NEAR TWO HOMES. TREES FELL ONTO THE HOMES AND IMMEDIATE
VICINITY. THERE WAS EF1 DAMAGE OBSERVED AT THIS LOCATION. THE
TORNADO MOVED INTO THE WOODS BEHIND THE HOMES AT THIS LOCATION AND
EMERGED ONTO A FIELD BEFORE AFFECTING ANOTHER TWO HOMES ALONG GORES
TRAILER RD. EF0 (75 MPH) DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO THE HOMES AND
UPROOTED TREES IN THIS LOCATION. THE TORNADO LIFTED AS IT CROSSED
INTO THE FIELD ON THE NORTH SIDE OF GORES TRAILER RD.



EF1 Rowland Tornado - Robeson County
...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON NC HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR ROWLAND IN ROBESON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON APRIL
16 2011.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED TO MANY HOMES AS A RESULT OF NUMEROUS
SNAPPED PINE TREES UP TO 2 FEET IN DIAMETER. MANY HOMES ALSO HAD
SHINGLES BLOWN OFF. A DETACHED GARAGE WAS PUSHED SEVERAL FEET OFF
ITS FOUNDATION AND A FEW OUTBUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED. STRAIGHT LINE
WIND DAMAGE TO TREES WAS APPARENT FOR ANOTHER MILE AFTER THE TORNADO
LIFTED.


EF1 Barker Ten Mile Tornado - Robeson County
...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON NC HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR BARKER TEN MILE IN ROBESON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON
APRIL 16 2011.

SEVERAL HEADSTONES WERE TURNED OVER IN A CEMETERY WEST OF I-95 ON
HIGHWAY 301. SEVERAL LARGE PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED AS WELL AS
SEVERAL ORNAMENTAL TREES 8 INCHES IN DIAMETER. ABOUT HALF A DOZEN
POWER POLES WERE LEANING OVER AND A FLAG POLE WAS COMPLETELY BENT
OVER. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG I-95. SIGNIFICANT WIND
DAMAGE OCCURRED IN BARKER TEN MILE AS SEVERAL DOZEN LARGE HARDWOOD
AND PINE TREES UP TO 2 FEET IN DIAMETER WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED.
FALLING TREES CAUSED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO MANY HOMES IN THE AREA OF
ROBIN ROAD AND CASTLE ROAD.


EF2 Clinton Tornado - (Part of Ammons path into Sampson County)
...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES IN WILMINGTON AND RALEIGH NC
HAVE CONFIRMED A TORNADO THAT MOVED FROM NEAR THE CUMBERLAND
BLADEN COUNTY BORDER...TO NEAR POPLAR GROVE IN SAMPSON COUNTY...ON
APRIL 16 2011. THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF A TORNADO INITIALLY
SURVEYED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN WILMINGTON.

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN WAS AT 433 PM EDT JUST NORTH OF THE
CUMBERLAND BLADEN COUNTY LINE JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY 242. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED IN A NORTHEAST DIRECTION...CROSSING HIGHWAY 210 NEAR SMITH
ROAD AND PETERS CREEK ROAD. IN THIS AREA...A FEW HOMES WERE
DAMAGED...ONE HOME SUSTAINING HEAVY DAMAGE RATED EF2. THERE WERE FOUR
INJURIES SUSTAINED BY SOME OF THE OCCUPANTS...THOUGH THE EXTENT OF
INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE ALSO DOWNED IN THIS
VICINITY. DAMAGE WAS ALSO OBSERVED ALONG BROADWATER BRIDGE ROAD
EAST OF SMITH ROAD.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO THE NORTHEAST...CROSSING INTO SAMPSON
COUNTY...SOUTHWEST OF ROSEBORO. THE TORNADO WEAKENED SLIGHTLY
BETWEEN ROSEBORO TO CLINTON...PRODUCING EF1 DAMAGE IN PLACES
INCLUDING WHERE THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAYS 421 AND 701 ON THE
NORTH SIDE OF CLINTON. THE TORNADO VERY BRIEFLY INTENSIFIED AGAIN
TO EF2 STRENGTH ALONG ISAAC WEEKS ROAD WHERE A ROOF WAS COMPLETELY
BLOWN OFF OF A HOME. FARTHER NORTHEAST...THE TORNADO WAS MOSTLY OF
EF1 STRENGTH WITH OUTBUILDINGS AND POWER POLES BENT OR BLOWN DOWN...
ALONG WITH TREE DAMAGE AND MINOR DAMAGE TO HOMES...UNTIL THE
TORNADO WEAKENED AND APPARENTLY LIFTED IN VICINITY OF HIGHWAY 403
AND EAST DARDEN ROAD...WHERE THE LAST VISIBLE DAMAGE...EF0...WAS
NOTED TO THE ROOF OF A HOME. THIS LIKELY OCCURRED AROUND 5 PM.



EF3 Camp Lejeune Tornado - Onslow County
...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC HAS
CONFIRMED A TORNADO NEAR JACKSONVILLE IN ONSLOW COUNTY NORTH
CAROLINA AND IN THE RIVERDALE SECTION OF CRAVEN COUNTY ON APRIL
17 2011.

THE TORNADO EITHER LIFTED OR HAD A DISCONTINUOUS PATH AFTER
EFFECTING THE PINEY GREEN AREA OF JACKSONVILLE BEFORE TOUCHING
DOWN AGAIN IN THE RIVERDALE SECTION OF CRAVEN COUNTY. THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM VISITED 4 LOCATIONS
ALONG THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO.

THE INITIAL DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THE TARAWA TERRACE HOUSING AREA OF
CAMP LEJEUNE. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AT EF2 IN THIS AREA WITH WIND
SPEEDS ESTIMATED AT 125 MPH WITH A WIDTH OF 100 YARDS.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO CAUSE DAMAGE AS IT TRACKED ACROSS ROUTE
24 AND INTO THE HOLIDAY CITY SUBDIVISION OF JACKSONVILLE. THE
HOLIDAY CITY SUBDIVISION RECEIVED EF2 TORNADO DAMAGE WITH WIND
SPEEDS ESTIMATED AT 125 MPH AND A WIDTH OF 100 YARD.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON A NORTHEAST TRACK WITH THE NEXT OBSERVED
DAMAGE IN THE COLONIAL HEIGHTS AND MONTCLAIR SUBDIVISIONS ON EITHER
SIDE OF PINEY GREEN ROAD. THE TORNADO CAUSED THE GREATEST AMOUNT
OF DAMAGE AS IT CROSSED OVER PINEY GREEN ROAD INTO THE MONTCLAIR
SUBDIVISION WHERE ISOLATED EF3 DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED. WIND SPEEDS IN
THIS AREA WERE ESTIMATED TO BE 145 MPH. THE INITIAL DAMAGE PATH
WIDTH OF 1/4 MILE IN THE COLONIAL HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION NARROWED TO
100 YARDS AS IT CROSSED PINEY GREEN ROAD AND INTO THE MONTCLAIR
SUBDIVISION.

THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF THIS PATH OF THE TORNADO IS 3.7 MILES...
DURING THE 800-815 PM TIMEFRAME.

AFTER MOVING THROUGH THE PINEY GREEN AREA...THE TORNADO AFFECTED
A HEAVILY WOODED AREA OF THE CROATAN NATIONAL FOREST AND MAY HAVE
LIFTED BEFORE TOUCHING DOWN AGAIN IN THE RIVERDALE SECTION OF
CRAVEN COUNTY. DAMAGE IN THE RIVERDALE AREA IS RATED EF2 WITH
ESTIMATED WIND SPEED OF 125 MPH. THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED AT 0.6
MILES IN LENGTH AND A WIDTH OF 200 YARDS.



FOR REFERENCE:
THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING
CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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