Last Updated on October 24, 2017 8:23 pm
The National Weather Service on Tuesday night confirmed tornado touchdowns in Wilkes County and Grayson County.
Below is the full statement from NWS:
The EF1 tornadoes occurred at:
Location…Wilkes County North Carolina
Date…October 23 2017
Estimated Time…511 PM – 520 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating…EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed…104 MPH
Maximum Path Width…275 Yards
Yards Path Length…8.0 miles
Location…Grayson County Virginia
Date…October 23 2017
Estimated Time…553 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating… EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed…104
MPH Maximum Path Width…150 Yards
Path Length…0.33 miles
A NWS Storm Damage Assessment Team has confirmed that a tornado
touched down in Wilkesboro NC at approximately 511 PM EDT near the
intersection of East Main Street and Salem Street. The tornado
sporadically remained on the ground and traveled north-northeast
at around 50 mph over Cherry Street in North Wilkesboro…
continuing north and then finally lifting on Yellow Banks Road
just west of Hayes around 520 PM EDT.
Spotty straight-line wind damage with occasional broken trees
occurred prior to the tornado touchdown south of Wilkesboro to the
Wilkes County line…and continued after the tornado lifted north
of Yellow Banks Road into unaccessible high country into Alleghany
County along and near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The parent storm circulation again became better organized as it
continued north and northeast into Grayson County. This resulted in
a second very brief tornado touchdown of only a minute at 553 PM EDT
just southwest of Fries on Twin Pond Lane in the town of
Providence…crossing over Opossum Hollow Lane and Keith Lane…and
then lifting on Highway 94 near the intersection with Mandolin Drive.
All information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in NWS
The NWS in Blacksburg would like to thank Wilkes County…Alleghany…
and Grayson County Emergency Management for their assistance in
the conduction of the damage assessment surveys.