CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a phone interview, the National Weather Service gave an explanation for not issuing a tornado warning in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties.
Those impacted by the EF-2 tornado early Saturday morning were not aware that a tornado was headed straight for their homes.
The twister packed a punch, producing winds up to 135 miles per hour. 132 homes in Mecklenburg County were impacted, as well as 49 homes in Cabarrus County.
In the Brookstead community, a 7-year-old was picked up and thrown onto Interstate 485.
A warning would have set off weather radios alerting people to take cover and that a tornado was on the ground. Sunday, the agency admitted its meteorologists did not detect the severity of the storm.
Neil Dixon with the National Weather Service said in phone interview, “We're using state of the art equipment the best we can, but unfortunately these events are so brief. Even though it was on the ground for about 3.2 miles, it was traveling at a very rapid rate of speed.”
First responders tell NewsChannel 36, no one was seriously injured in the storm’s path, but the question going forward is how to detect fast moving tornadoes and alerting the public of the danger.