A Deadly EF-3 Tornado Hits North Carolina Late Monday Night
A supercell moved onshore in Southwest Brunswick County, North Carolina (South of Wilmington) just prior to midnight last night. Tornado damage was reported near Grissettown in the Ocean Ridge Plantation division. The tornado was spotted as far north as Honey Island.
The initial rating from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC arrived earlier Tuesday. The tornado is initially rated as an EF-3 with max winds of 160 mph.
The @NWSWilmingtonNC has issued an initial rating on the fatal tornado that occurred late Monday night in Brunswick County, NC as an EF-3 with estimated max winds of 160 mph. #ncwx pic.twitter.com/ssNPanRhWM
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) February 16, 2021
At least three deaths, a number of injuries and damage to dozens of homes caused by a fierce tornado in Brunswick County last night. I have spoken with Sheriff Ingram and County Commission Chair Thompson, and the state has sent help. Our prayers are with them all. – RC
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) February 16, 2021
Here are some photos of the damage from the Brunswick County Sherrif’s Office.
More severe weather is on the way for Wednesday and Thursday for the Southeast. For more on that severe chance—->Wed/Thu Severe