EF-1 tornado touched down in Siler City Friday afternoon, NWS says

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SILER CITY, N.C. (WNCN) — A confirmed EF-1 tornado touched down in Siler City Friday afternoon as strong storms moved across the state, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

According to the NWS, the tornado touched down at 3:35 p.m. around Messer Drive and lasted three minutes.

Officials estimate that the tornado reached maximum wind speeds anywhere from 95 to 105 mph and the maximum path width was 150 yards. The path of the tornado was about two miles.

No injuries or fatalities were reported, but numerous trees were snapped and uprooted, power poles and lines were torn down, and the roofs of several homes were damaged, according to the NWS.

Another confirmed tornado was reported in Hillsborough. That tornado occurred a little over an hour after the Siler City tornado, around 4:50 p.m.

The tornado crossed Interstate 85 and then traveled to the area Twin Oaks Drive and U.S. 70.

Witnesses said there was no tornado touchdown, but the wind rotation was enough to damage several trees.

Some trees were sheared off and others were toppled at their roots.

The roof was ripped off a building and trees were downed near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Old N.C. 86, which is exit 261 on I-40.

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