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EF-2 tornado confirmed in Anson and Stanly counties during Thursday's storms

The National Weather Service confirmed the damage in Anson and Stanly counties are from the same twister.


The National Weather Service in Raleigh has confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in Anson County before moving into Stanly County on Thursday. The twister touched down near Polkton at 1:22 p.m. and lifted at 1:31 p.m. near Cottonville.

The damage led forecasters to winds of 120 mph, a path length of 7.6 miles, and a path width of 200 yards. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.

Credit: WCNC Charlotte

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A tornado likely touched down near the border of Anson and Stanly counties in North Carolina Thursday.

Photos shared by the Anson County Emergency Management show severe weather storm damage from the possible tornado in the Burnsville community near Polkton.

Emergency officials said chicken houses were destroyed, and damage occurred to homes and trees.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh, which has jurisdiction issuing warnings for this area, will visit the site Friday to confirm the strength of the storm responsible for the damage.

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Credit: Anson County Emergency Management

During streaming storm coverage Thursday, WCNC Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich could see on radar what appeared to be storm debris being tossed into the air.

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No injuries were reported as a result of the storm.

Credit: Anson County Emergency Management

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The suspected tornado Thursday touched down near the path of another tornado three years ago in Stanly County. That EF-1 tornado on May 12, 2019 also occurred near Cottonville.

At the time, Panovich shared these images of the storm damage.

Tornado damage in Cottonville, NC

Posted by Brad Panovich Meteorologist on Monday, May 13, 2019

Elsewhere across the Charlotte region Thursday, the line of severe storms brought down trees and powerlines.

In Iredell County Thursday, a tree fell on a home along Stutts Road near Lake Norman, according to the National Weather Service.

WCNC Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich learned of storm damage in Stanly County caused by a possible tornado Thursday.

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