Weather service did not issue tornado warnings before twisters hit NC

Weather service did not issue tornado warnings before twisters hit NC

Weather service did not issue tornado warnings before twisters hit NC

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by Jeff Lawson, 13News Now Chief Meteorologist and 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 10:09 PM

The tornado that tore through parts of Chowan County including Edenton was on the ground for more than 20 minutes before the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning.

This is the EF-2 tornado that claimed the life of 11-month old Gavin Soto who died Sunday from injuries he suffered. 

A report issued by the weather service on Saturday says the tornado was on the ground from 7:37 to 8:30 PM and had a 40 mile long path (1/4 of a mile wide).  They did not issue a tornado warning until just after 8 PM. 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE NWS REPORT ON THE TORNADO

  83-year-old Louise Bonner lost her home off Burnt Mill Road during the storm Friday night.  "All of a sudden everything just picked up. I could feel the house falling apart. It's a miracle I got out." she says.

Other homes on Bonner's block suffered major damage.

 

13News Now Chief Meteorologist Jeff Lawson explains " There were 4 confirmed tornadoes Friday night in NE NC. One was a weak EF-0, one was a weak EF-1, and two were EF-2s with winds of 125 mph. 3 of the 4 tornadoes ended either in or very close to Elizabeth City. All 3 of the stronger storms formed without any official tornado warnings in effect. The two EF-2s started near Edenton in Chowan County at 7:20 and 7:37 respectively. The third tornado struck around 7:50. Official tornado warnings were issued a minute or two after 8 pm".
 

 

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