NEWTON, N.C. – The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Catawba County as powerful storms ripped across the Carolinas Monday.

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The tornado, which was located approximately 3.5 miles southeast of Newton, was an EF0 tornado with estimated maximum wind speeds of 85 mph.

“The wind picked up horribly and the rain started circling like crazy,” said Katie Carmen.

Officials say the storm had a maximum width of 25 yards and a three-mile path that was not continuous.

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“Power went out and about a minute later it was really loud and really quick, sounded like hail hitting,” said Bryan Fletcher.