Preliminary Event Summary
June 29, 2004
There was a very unusual tornado during the evening hours of June 29, 2004. The tornado was spotted in the vicinity of Kinston and tracked slowly westward towards LaGrange. It was a very weak tornado rated F0 on the Fujita scale. This landspout type funnel was associated with a low tropped tropical shower, which became more vigorous when it intereacted with the sea-breeze front. There was a visual confirmation of a touchdown near Kinston, with numerous reports of a rotating funnel from Lenoir County Emergency Management, spotters, local media. and the public. The tornado then went on to do very minor damage to a mobile home just east of LaGrange. There was only some weak rotation apparent on radar from the Raleigh NWS office radar. Interestingly, when the tornado/funnel was first occurring, no observations of lightning were detected, and there was not much vertical development of the storm. However, there was strong convergence of unstable air in the vicinity of the spin-up. After interacting with the sea-breeze, the convection intensified and lightning developed. One tornado warning was issued by the NWS in Newport for this event.
Preliminary Local Storm Reports:
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION...ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0709 PM TORNADO KINSTON 35.31N 77.72W 06/29/2004 LENOIR NC PUBLIC 0725 PM TORNADO 4 E LA GRANGE 35.31N 77.72W 06/29/2004 F0 LENOIR NC PUBLIC MINOR DAMAGE TO MOBILE HOME.
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