High Country Tornadoes

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With the Tornado Watch issued on Friday (Feb 24) there were many questions sent in via the facebook & twitter pages about the history of tornadoes in the High Country.

According to records at the National Climatic Data Center there have been three recorded tornadoes in the area.

1965: A F2 tornado was documented on April 9, 1965, measuring in length .50 mile and 300 yards wide. Property damage was recorded at $25.0K – Event details.

1996: A F1 tornado was documented on April 20, 1996 around 1pm, measuring in length .10 mile and 20 yards wide. 1 of the 2 injuries reported was a man that suffered a broke rib after being lifted into the air by the tornado and then dropped. 16 vehicles were damaged and property damage was recorded at $50.0K – Event details.

1998: A F0 tornado was documented on June 3, 1998 around 7:17pm, measuring in length 2 miles and 60 yards wide. 3 inch hail was reported along with the high winds. Trees were reported down around Ayersville, blocking several roads, large trees and power lines in Glendale Springs, large trees in Meat Camp, trees in Mt Airy blocking some roads, trees in Reidsville,and trees and tree limbs causing power outages from 3.5 miles west of Zionville to 1 mile south of Todd. Numerous trees were toppled throughout Wilkes County, knocking down some power lines with 3300 people loosing power. A tornado from five and a half miles west to three and a half miles west Zionville in the western part of Watauga County destroyed a few barns and toppled trees and tree limbs causing power outages.

Property damage was recorded at $20.0K – Event details.

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