Six tornadoes confirmed in Western North Carolina Monday


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The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that six tornadoes touched down in Western North Carolina earlier this week. 

EF2 tornadoes were confirmed in Burke, Catawba, Caldwell, and Alexander Counties in North Carolina on Monday, Oct. 23. Officials said no fatalties or injuries were reported during Monday’s severe weather. 

An EF2 tornado touched down near the Hickory Regional Airport in eastern Burke County, destroying a hanger and planes inside. Initially, NWS said the tornado was very narrow, with damage localized to the one hanger. The tornadoe downed some trees in Winkler Park, then continues northeast straddling the Caldwell-Catawba County line. 

While weakening to an EF1, the tornado widened to almost 3/4 mile, with damage on either side of lake hickory in both counties. 

Significant tree damage occurred with hundreds of trees downed, many on houses, cars, and other structures. NWS said additional tree damage occurred outside the tornado’s path due to widespread intense straight-line winds. 

According to the NWS, the tornado turned left, narrowed, and straddled the Alexander-Caldwell County line, again resulting in mainly tree damage but with some structural damage from falling trees. The tornado shifted back northeast, finally weakening and lifting just south of the Alexander-Wilkes County line, west of Highway 16. 

An EF2 tornado is wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph. An EF1 tornado is wind speeds of 65 to 110 mph. 

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