Tornado touched down in Granville County, National Weather Service says

OXFORD, N.C. (WNCN) – A tornado touched down outside Oxford Friday morning, knocking down trees and damaging a couple structures, the National Weather Service confirmed.


The EF-1 tornado touched down for approximately one minute at 5:20 a.m. with winds at 95 mph, the National Weather Service confirmed.

The damage is centered around Horner Siding Road just outside Oxford.

Tiffanie Boone told CBS North Carolina’s Justin Quesinberry she could hear the winds pick up early Friday morning.

“I heard the famous ‘whistle and train’ that came through,” Boone said. “I ran upstairs and got my kids, got them downstairs and to safety.”

Boone lives next door to her mother, Phyllis Stark, who also head the tornado tear by their homes.

“I heard like the train and then I felt a crash and I could smell the fresh air and I knew the tree had come in the house,” Stark said.

A tree fell on the oldest part of Stark’s 1921 home. Boone said if the storm had passed through Friday night, her 10-year-old son would have been in that room damaged by the tree.

“Thankfully it was a Thursday night and not a Friday night because tonight, he would have been in there. We would have been talking a whole other story right now,” Boone said.

The Stark family lost several trees with one believed to be 200 years old.

“I’ve lived here 48 years and my husband was born here. He’s 75. So, he’s been here since he was born and I’ve been here 48,” Stark said.

Crews worked Friday to clean up the toppled trees.

No one was injured by the tornado.

There was an active tornado watch for the entire area at the time of the tornado.

Granville County also experienced tornadoes in February 2016 as a series of storms passed through central North Carolina.


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