EF-1 Tornado Confirmed in Wilkes & Ashe Counties; First in Ashe County History

Tim Buckley's Monday Overnight Forecast

WILKES COUNTY, NC -- A tornado tore through Wilkes County on Sunday afternoon with 105 mph winds, moving into Ashe County before falling apart. This was just one of several tornadoes that struck western North Carolina due to tropical system Nate.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, VA spent the day Monday investigating the storm damage. They determined that the wind speeds topped 105 mph over a 6.9 mile long path as the twister moved south to the north from Highway 421 to just past the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe County.

Half a dozen structures suffered minor damage as a result of the twister, mainly along Summit Rd in Wilkes County. Other than that, damage largely consisted of snapped trees. No injuries were reported.

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This is the first reported tornado in Ashe County history, and only the sixth reported in Wilkes County history. Tornado records date back to 1950.

This is the first reported tornado in Ashe County history, and only the sixth reported in Wilkes County history. Tornado records date back to 1950.

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