Weather service confirms tornado in Union County

The National Weather Service confirmed late Thursday that a tornado touched down twice in Iredell County on Wednesday, damaging up to 20 homes and toppling at least 100 trees.

The Weather Service also confirmed an EF-1 tornado struck Union County. No injuries were reported in the tornadoes.

The Iredell County tornado first touched down as an EF-0 – the lowest ranking on the Enhanced Fujita Scale that rates tornadoes from 0 to 5 according to their maximum winds and damage potential. The second touchdown was a far more intense EF-2, an NWS team found.

The tornado first touched down with maximum winds of 80 mph at about 3:20 p.m. three miles east of Troutman, near the intersection of Aileen and Hillndale lanes.

The tornado traveled about a mile, snapping and shearing off trees and removing siding from a storage building, before lifting near Musket Lane at about 3:25 p.m.

The second and primary touchdown occurred about six miles east-northeast of Statesville near the intersection of New Salem Road and Mocksville Highway (U.S. 64) at about 3:40 p.m., according to the Weather…

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