Greensboro, North Carolina Tornado (Apr 2018)

In the late afternoon local time of Sunday April 15, a tornado touched down in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, travelling 34 mi (55 km) and reaching a maximum rating of EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS damage survey estimated that the maximum path width of the tornado was 500 yards (460 m), causing a broad swath of destruction. The estimated maximum wind speed was 135 mph (217 km/hr). According to the Greensboro City Manager, 20 homes were destroyed, 80 were severely damaged and a further 300 sustained lesser damage. A large portion of the roof of Hampton Elementary School was blown off and portable classroom buildings were completely destroyed. Erwin and Peeler Open elementary schools also sustained severe damage. Several homes were pushed off their foundation and numerous homes had exterior walls blown out, according to the NWS damage survey. Approximately 75,000 homes and businesses lost power following the tornado. One fatality has been attributed to the tornado in the media. The tornado in Greensboro was part of a large scale atmospheric setup in the U.S. over the weekend that brought severe weather to the south east of the country and blizzard conditions to the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast.

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