Tornado touches down in Greensboro as storms move across NC
A line of severe weather spread across North Carolina on Sunday, bringing heavy rainstorms and two reported tornadoes that toppled trees and ripped apart homes in Greensboro and Reidsville. At least one person was found dead, according to news outlets in the Piedmont.
The Triangle saw heavy rain, gusts of winds and scattered power outages that affected thousands in Raleigh, Durham and Orange County, but no reports of tornadoes.
Emergency workers warned of potential flash floods and the ponding of water on roads.
New Monday morning: The National Weather Service has issued a small-stream flooding advisory for central Wake County until 8:45 a.m., warning that Crabtree Creek was rising and could reach the top of its banks near Wake Forest Road. Flooding is possible in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Hodges Road.
Tornado watches had been extended throughout Sunday as fast-moving storms moved eastward across the state.
In Greensboro, the News & Record and WFMY TV described several areas that had damage from high winds, with much of it east of U.S. 29. At least seven homes were damaged, as well as a mobile classroom at an elementary school in Greensboro.
Trees were down, pulling power lines with them, making streets impassable in some places. One death was reported in Greensboro.
The National Weather Service in Raleigh reported that a tornado was spotted near U.S. 29 and East Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro in Guilford County at 5:15 p.m.
All public schools in Guilford are closed on Monday.
In Rockingham County, the weather service reported that a tornado touched down at 5:30 p.m. in the Monroeton community southwest of Reidsville. No deaths were reported there, but emergency crews rescued several people from collapsed homes.
Earlier Sunday, the National Weather Service had issued a Tornado Watch for 26 North Carolina counties, including Wake, Durham and Orange.
The storms spread through the Charlotte area earlier Sunday afternoon, bringing heavy rains and wind and leaving downed trees and power lines.
Interstate 77 closed in both directions because of a road obstruction near exit 30, which caused traffic problems, WBTV reported.
Gov. Roy Cooper urged North Carolinians and those traveling through the state on Sunday to be aware of the potentially dangerous conditions.
It was seven years ago, on April 16, 2011, when North Carolina had 31 tornadoes reported in a span of a day. Downtown Raleigh was hit, as was Fayetteville.