Tornado confirmed to have touched down near Newton

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Catawba County Monday afternoon.

NEWTON, N.C. – The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Catawba County as powerful storms ripped across the Carolinas Monday.

The tornado, which was located approximately 3.5 miles southeast of Newton, was an EF0 tornado with estimated maximum wind speeds of 85 mph.

“The wind picked up horribly and the rain started circling like crazy,” said Katie Carmen.

Officials say the storm had a maximum width of 25 yards and a three-mile path that was not continuous.

“Power went out and about a minute later it was really loud and really quick, sounded like hail hitting,” said Bryan Fletcher.

Tony Sturey was one of the meteorologists on the crew.

"We try to better ourselves in understanding all these different phenomena that do happen that can be very high impact,"  Sturey said.

Dean Houser & Eve Agee's son, Michael Huffman, owns one of the houses that was damaged by the tornado.

"Of course I boohooed," Agee said.

"Yeah, mama boohooed," Houser added with a laugh.

"I was upset and angry, and then I realized I had a lot to be thankful for."

She was thankful Huffman and his two dogs weren't injured.

He said he wasn't home when the tornado hit.

"There's no way nobody could've stopped this from happening," Huffman said. "It was just mother nature that got through, and that's what happened."

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