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...Storm Survey Discovered Tornado Damage at Whiteville,
On Monday, April 17, 2006, a line of powerful thunderstorms
associated with a Canadian cold front moved through the Carolinas. The
following day a National Weather Service storm survey team determined that a
gustnado, the result of turbulence along the leading edge of the line of
storms, developed at about 505 pm (according to sightings and radar) and
caused F1 (73-112 mph wind) damage on the fujita scale, with spotty damage
along a roughly 1 mile by 15 yard wide path that occurred in about 2
minutes. Most of the damage to structures and power lines was the result of
uprooted and snapped pine trees.
A tornado warning
had been issued for Central Columbus County at 504 pm, and
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards
in the area automatically alarmed to alert people just as the tornado
Also associated with the Canadian cold front were powerful
straight line wind gusts powerful enough to cause spotty damage to trees and
structures in Columbus County and other counties in Southeast North Carolina
and Northeast South Carolina (view
text of all tornado, wind and hail reports).
Across the area, there were no reports of injuries.
Track of F1 Tornado in Columbus County, NC.
Severe straight line winds in green, tornado path in red. Click to enlarge.