A strong storm that swept through Anson County last week caused no serious damage, but brought hail, minor flooding and downed trees to the county, and tornadoes in other parts of the region.
Julian Swittenberg, a Wadesboro resident and co-owner of the Dream Inn Bed and Breakfast, said he had roughly marble-sized hail outside his inn, located in uptown Wadesboro along Greene Street.
Rodney Diggs, the county’s emergency services director and fire marshal, said he had received a report of hail from someone in the county but that the size wasn’t reported.
A large tree fell on the property of the former Fancy Crafts building, located directly across from the Dream Inn. Diggs said he believed the structure was undamaged. Trees also fell on properties in other areas of the county, including Morven Road, where one partially blocked the road.
According to TIMS, the online travel information service provided through the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Meltonville Church Road (SR 1230), Dennis Road (SR 1650) in Polkton and Lockhart Road (SR 1652) were all flooded in both directions. The service noted that all three became flooded between 7:39 a.m. and 9:08 a.m. May 25 and were expected to be closed until the evening of May 26.
Diggs reported that although trees were down along power lines and roads and there was minor flooding, he had heard no reports of structural damage in the county as of May 25.
Central N.C. damage
While Anson was under a tornado watch during the storm, some parts of the state weren’t as lucky.
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg confirmed that three tornadoes occurred that day, one an EF-2 north of Mocksville in Davie County that injured one individual.
The tornado struck between 4 and 4:15 p.m., with wind speeds of 115 m.p.h. and a maximum width of 100 yards. It traveled for two miles, according to the weather service. One injury was reported.
“The tornado touched down one-quarter mile south of the intersection of Highways 601 and 801, where trees were blown down,” the service said. “Damage was spotty at first but increased across the Four Corners Road area. The tornado intensity and coverage continued to increase north-northeastward across the northwest part of Davie County. At least 100 trees were felled or snapped by the tornado and one home was damaged — with partial roof failure. A storage building was destroyed and a mobile home demolished. The mobile home occupant was thrown approximately 30 feet but survived.”
A second EF-2 tornado touched down east-northeast of Statesville in Iredell County three miles east of Troutman, according to the weather service. The tornado had wind speed of 115 m.p.h. and a maximum path width of 100 yards, and a non-continuous path length of 10.18 miles.
That tornado touched down two times, once as an EF-0 three miles east of Troutman at about 3:25 p.m. for one mile before lifting. It had maximum winds of 80 m.p.h. and damaged some trees and caused minor structural damage, according to the weather service.
It touched down again as an EF-2 six miles east-northeast of Statesville 15 minutes later. It went for about 2.8 miles, lifting about five minutes after it touched down.
“The tornado knocked down over 100 trees,” the weather service said. “Fencing was blown in multiple directions. A brick house had its roof completely torn off and its interior walls collapsed. Tree limbs acted as projectiles and struck another home, embedding into the siding and penetrating the outer walls. Numerous homes had debris splattered onto siding with a total of 15 to 20 homes suffering at least some damage. A vehicle was reportedly moved off U.S. 64 about the time the tornado crossed the highway.”
Closer by, an EF-1 touched down southwest of Monroe in Union County on May 25 with wind speeds of 100 m.p.h. and a maximum width of 50 yards, traveling 7.7 miles. No injuries were reported.
“This tornado touched down just north of the state line and tracked northeast for over seven miles,” the weather service said. “Most of the damage was to trees but a few structures were damaged. The most significant damage was to a barn that had the sides and much of the roof torn off.”
Straight-line winds also caused damage in the region.
The State Climate Office of North Carolina reports that the last confirmed tornado that touched down in Anson was on Sept. 7, 2004 in Morven along N.C. State Route 145, when two turkey barns were destroyed and hundreds of turkeys were destroyed, among other damage.
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