CHARLOTTE N.C. – Emergency crews and volunteers spent most of Thursday picking up the pieces after an EF-1 tornado rumbled through southwest Charlotte Wednesday evening.
The National Weather Service says the tornado had an estimated wind speed of 90 mph, with a maximum path width of 150 yards and a path length of 2.18 miles.
"The tornado path varies from 100 to 150 yards wide and produced damage along a non-continuous path. The first segment of damage ran from the 1200 block of John Price Road to the northeast part of the Ayrsley subdivision. This path length was 1.68 miles," the NWS report stated.
"The second segment of damage occurred from about 8500 Microsoft Way to West Arrowwood Road. This path length was about 0.5 miles, for a total damage length of 2.18 miles," the report concluded.
At Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, the damage was evident. A huge tree was toppled, a dumpster was moved, and the church’s steeple had its copper ripped away by the storm.
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