EF-1 Tornado Confirmed in Eden, Mayor Declares State of Emergency

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EDEN, NC — The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit Eden just after 3 a.m. Friday.

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The tornado was was an EF-1 category storm with maximum winds of 110 MPH with a 3.3-mile path that was 375 yards wide. The NWS says the tornado lasted six minutes and started at 3:12 a.m. There were no injuries and no deaths. Eden city officials say 25 homes and 9 businesses were damaged.

Eden Mayor Wayne Tuggle declared a State of Emergency for the town in a news conference Friday afternoon. Tuggle praised the emergency management employees working overnight and was relieved no one was injured during the storm.

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'It looks like a bomb went off in some of these areas," Tuggle said. "It's just a miracle that there was nobody hurt."

A tornado warning was not issued overnight. NWS officials say their radars missed the mark. 

"In the opinion of the meteorologists working at the time, there was not enough signatures on the radar to determine that the storm was tornadic," said Phil Hysell with the National Weather Service. "We'll certainly be taking a look at the storm in more detail. We've seen in the past that our radars have proven to be able to detect tornadoes in advance a large majority of the time. That certainly was not the case today." 

Duke Energy hopes to have all Rockingham County customers' power restored by Saturday. Duke says they've restored power to approximately 1,000 customers and 315 customers were without power as of 3 p.m. Most of those customers will have power restored by midnight. 

Eden police say several road closures are still in place.

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