NWS confirms two tornado touchdowns in Rowan County

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 8:30pm

Meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Greenville Spartanburg visited Rowan County today to survey damage from two areas in the county. The NWS GSP meteorologist confirmed that an EF-2 Tornado touched down in Kannapolis and caused damage in Rowan County along Pless Road. The summary of this tornado from the National Weather Service is below.

THE TORNADO BEGAN JUST WEST OF I-85 NEAR LANE ST SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES AS IT CROSSED THE INTERSTATE AND MOVED EAST ALONG LANE ST. THE AWNING OF A SERVICE STATION WAS ALSO DAMAGED. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED ALONG OLD SALISBURY-CONCORD RD SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES UNTIL IT REACHED GOLD FISH RD. SEVERAL HOMES WERE DAMAGED IN THIS LOCATION. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED EAST ALONG IRISH POTATO RD SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES. FARTHER ALONG THIS ROAD ANOTHER HOME WAS DAMAGED. LITTLE DAMAGE WAS NOTED AS THE TORNADO MOVED EAST UNTIL IT CROSSED DUTCH BUFFALO CREEK WHERE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. THE STRONGEST DAMAGE WAS FOUND JUST EAST ALONG PLESS RD WHERE SEVERAL HOMES WERE DAMAGED. THIS DAMAGE SUGGESTS WIND SPEEDS OF 125 MPH. THE TORNADO WEAKENED AS IT MOVED EAST SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES AS IT WENT. THE TORNADO ENDED NEAR SISK-CARTER RD.

Photo courtesy Bro Meinus

A second tornado was confirmed by the NWS Meteorologist in Gold Hill at the intersection of Old Beatty Ford Road and St. Stephens Church Road. The summary of their findings for the EF-1 Tornado in Gold Hill is listed below.

THE TORNADO DEVELOPED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF OLD BEATTY FORD RD AND ST STEPHENS CHURCH RD SOUTH OF GOLD HILL. A SMALL BARN WAS DAMAGED. THIS WAS THE STRONGEST DAMAGE WITH A SUGGESTED WIND SPEED OF 85 MPH. SOME TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED HERE AS WELL. THE TORNADO SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES AS IT MOVED EAST ALONG AND NEAR OLD BEATTY FORD RD. THE TORNADO ENDED NEAR THIS ROAD'S INTERSECTION WITH OLD US 80 HWY.

I don't have photo's of damage with the Gold Hill tornado as of the time of this article. Should I get any photo's I will post them on my social media sites. Fortunately there were no casualties or injuries reported from these two tornadoes yesterday. 

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