National Weather Service Confirms Tornado In Johnston County

4:26 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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Johnston County, NC - The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a tornado touched down four miles northeast of Selma in Johnston County Tuesday at approximately 8:18 pm. 

The tornado reached wind speeds as high as 75 mph, considered weak by the NWS, for about one quarter mile near the 2700 block of Old Beulah Rd. No injuries or fatalities were reported. The tornado is said to have lasted for only a minute.

When the tornado first touched down it left noticeable damage to metal sheeting on the roof of an outbuilding , according to the NWS. After a couple hundred yards it caused significant damage to a two-story barn. The barn, more than 40-years-old, suffered from damage to the roof, two side walls and most of the interior. 

The manner in which debris was scattered debris demonstrated wind patterns with tornado characteristics.

A family mobile home across the street from the barn suffered minor damage to vinyl siding and shingles. A carport beside the home had minor roof damage. NWS said slight damage was done to another building several hundred yards later before reaching its end point on the on the 3100 block of Beulah Rd.

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