Deadly Bertie County, NC Tornado Rated an EF-3 (4/16/2011)


This tornado was rated a preliminary EF-3 that hit near Askewville, Colerain & Harrelsville, NC on April 16th. This tornado has officially killed 11 people. Here is what the storm survey team said about this deadly long-track tornado.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
710 PM EDT SUN APR 17 2011

…BERTIE COUNTY NC TORNADO SURVEY RESULTS…

LOCATION…1 MILE SOUTH OF ASKEWVILLE NC NORTHEAST TO ABOUT 3
MILES EAST OF HARRELLSVILLE
DATE…APRIL 16 2011
ESTIMATED TIME…655 PM
EF-SCALE RATING…EF3 /PRELIMINARY…PENDING FURTHER ANALYSIS/
ESTIMATED WIND SPEED…136 TO 165 MPH
PATH WIDTH…1/2 TO 3/4 MILE
PATH LENGTH…18.8 MILES
INJURIES…50 /ESTIMATED/
DEATHS…11 /CONFIRMED/

…SUMMARY…

TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTH OF ASKEWVILLE
NC…DOING MINOR TREE AND BUILDING DAMAGE. THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED
CONTINUOUSLY FOR NEARLY 19 MILES…FINALLY LIFTING EAST OF
HARRELLSVILLE. FOR MUCH OF THE TORNADO’S LIFE…THE PATH WIDTH WAS
ONE HALF TO NEARLY 3/4 MILES WIDE. EF2 AND EF3 DAMAGE WAS WIDESPREAD
FROM JUST WEST OF ASKEWVILLE…NORTHEAST TO JUST WEST OF
COLERAIN…THEN GRADUALLY DECREASING AS THE TORNADO CROSSED INTO
HERTFORD COUNTY. NUMEROUS HOMES WERE DESTROYED…AND MANY OTHERS
SUFFERED VARYING DEGREES OF DAMAGE. IN ADDITION…THERE WAS
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO TREES AND WOODED AREAS IN THE PATH OF THE
TORNADO.

A SPLIT IN THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATHS JUST NORTH OF COLERAIN SUGGESTS
THAT THE TORNADO UNDERWENT A CYCLIC RE-DEVELOPMENT…WITH 2
TORNADOES ON THE GROUND SIMULTANEOUSLY FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT 5
MILES. THE SECOND TORNADO…WITH A DAMAGE PATH JUST TO THE EAST OF
THE ORIGINAL…STRONGER TORNADO…IS DETAILED BELOW.

&&

LOCATION…1 MILE NW OF COLERAIN NORTHEAST TO ABOUT 4 MILES EAST OF
HARRELLSVILLE
DATE…APRIL 16 2011
ESTIMATED TIME…705 PM
EF-SCALE RATING…EF2
ESTIMATED WIND SPEED…111 TO 135 MPH
PATH WIDTH…300 TO 500 YARDS
PATH LENGTH…7.8 MILES
INJURIES…UNKNOWN
DEATHS…NONE

…SUMMARY…
A DISTINCT SEPARATION IN THE DAMAGE PATHS NW OF COLERAIN SUGGESTS
THAT A SECOND TORNADO FORMED JUST NW OF COLERAIN…AND TRACKED
NORTHEAST NEARLY PARALLEL TO THE ORIGINAL TORNADO. NORTH OF
COLERAIN…THE TORNADO TRACKED PARALLEL RT. 45 FOR ABOUT 1
MILE…THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST IN SOUTHEAST HERTFORD COUNTY…JUST
WEST OF THE CHOWAN RIVER. THE LAST VISIBLE DAMAGE WAS NEAR THE
WESTERN SHORE OF THE CHOWAN RIVER ABOUT 4 MILES EAST OF
HARRELLSVILLE. SEVERAL HOMES AND OTHER BUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED.
POULTRY HOUSES AND OTHER FARM EQUIPMENT WERE ALSO DAMAGED. MANY
TREES DOWN OR SNAPPED OFF.

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2 thoughts on “Deadly Bertie County, NC Tornado Rated an EF-3 (4/16/2011)

  1. I come through this area every summer on the way to my North Carolina vacation. So sad. Times are hard especially in these rural areas without this added grief. My prayers go out to them.

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