At least three people were found dead and ten others injured early Tuesday after a tornado tore through a seaside town in North Carolina at the rough edge of a blast of winter weather across the United States.
“The sky lit up and there was a lot of pop-pop-popping. And the loud thunder. And then it sounded like a train, a freight train coming through. The roar of a freight train. That’s when all the damage occurred.
“I heard my dog was kind of whimpering and I got up and went in to see her. And all of a sudden I just started hearing the rumbling, like they say, the train getting louder and louder,” reported a resident.
Brunswick County NC tornado had a very interesting, intense signature on tilt 6.4 to say the least. pic.twitter.com/NiLAAj7hT3— Marios_WX (@PDS_Rainband) February 16, 2021
The tornado hit just before midnight Monday, ripping open homes, flipping cars and uprooting trees in Ocean Isle Beach, a golf course community in Brunswick County, N.C..
At least three deaths, a number of injuries and damage to dozens of homes caused by a fierce tornado in Brunswick County last night. I have spoken with Sheriff Ingram and County Commission Chair Thompson, and the state has sent help. Our prayers are with them all. – RC— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) February 16, 2021
Photos distributed by the sheriff’s office showed first responders walking through a debris field of uprooted trees and crumpled piles of boards and bricks in the golf course community.
It caused “a lot of destruction. It’s going to be a long recovery process,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram told reporters.
Check out the impressive pressure drop leading up to the Brunswick County Tornado; this is from my personal weather station located about 6 miles south of the Tornado location on Ocean Isle; the station also got a 45MPH wind gust. Likely within the inflow of the Tornado #ncwx pic.twitter.com/VzYZyH68Fx— Ethan Clark wx (@EthanClarkWX) February 16, 2021
Mark Willis, meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service’s office in nearby Wilmington, said the same cold front bringing freezing temperatures, ice and snow from Canada to Mexico created conditions favorable to tornadoes in North Carolina, where it pushed up against a warm front from the Gulf of Mexico.
Tornado devastation in Damascus, Georgia
Just a few hours before, the National Weather Service reported an “extremely dangerous tornado” in Southwest Georgia, which caused at least one injury.
Reports say significant damage has been done to a double-wide mobile home and a single-family home near Damascus.
tornado warnings below:
4:45pm ET | Extremely dangerous tornado on the ground just northeast of Damascus. Seek shelter NOW if you are in the Tornado Warning. We’ve upgraded this to a considerable tag and the TDS (circled area) indicates the tornado is on the ground. pic.twitter.com/ZDCmwZBh9k— NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) February 15, 2021
The massive winter storm has overwhelmed a Southwestern power grid and immobilized the Southern Plains.
After declaring an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 at 10:08 a.m. this morning, and after exhausting all other options to ensure the continued reliability of the regional grid, SPP is directing member utilities to implement controlled interruptions of service effective immediately. pic.twitter.com/I6DY8B5Rvn— Southwest Power Pool (@SPPorg) February 15, 2021
It is now carrying heavy snow and freezing rain eastward, with bad weather spreading through into New England and the Deep South.
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