105 mph tornado causes damage in Lee Co.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Severe weather passed over central North Carolina Saturday creating a confirmed tornado in Lee County.

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Several counties, including Wake and Chatham, were under a tornado warning shortly after 6 p.m. That warning was later canceled after threat waned.

On Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed am EF-1 tornado with 105 mph winds touched down in Lee County.

Severe thunderstorm warnings continued to pop up through out the area.

Wilson, Nash, Wayne, Edgecombe and Johnston counties were under a thunderstorm warning until 9:15 p.m.

Winds were so severe near Cumnock, North Carolina, it is believed a tornado may have touched down.

Cumnock resident Elizabeth Branch said the weather didn’t look bad at first. But that quickly changed after she received a weather warning on her phone.

“It looked like the clouds were coming down and the tops of trees were just spinning,” Branch said.

Trees were reported to be knocked over in Sanford and Southern Pines.

In Chatham County, a tree fell on the Moncure home of Ruben Esqueibel while he was inside with his family.

“I looked in the window and said, ‘Oh, the tree fell down.’ “

His family was sitting inside near where the tree fell.

The tree only barely pierced the roof and no one was injured.

WNCN’s Bill Reh said a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for central North Carolina until early Sunday morning.

Repeated lines of showers and storms, mainly through Saturday night, could cause flash flooding in low lying and poor drainage areas.

At the Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh, fans at the Band Together concert were evacuated from the venue due to the weather.

Fans were asked to move to the Raleigh Convention Center until the storms passed by.

The concert started again after the delay around 8:45 p.m.


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