Deadly Fayetteville-Dunn-Smithfield Long Track Tornado Confirmed as EF-3 (4/16/2011)


The latest survey information came out on the long track tornado that struck Wayside, Fayetteville, Dunn & Smithfield, North Carolina on Saturday. This tornado was an EF-3 that was on the ground for 65 miles, at times was a mile wide, and was responsible for 3 deaths. This tornado would also damage the Goodyear Plant as well. Here is more information on that tornado.

TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR WAYSIDE TO FAYETTEVILLE TO DUNN AND…SMITHFIELD IN HOKE… CUMBERLAND…AND HARNETT COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA…

LOCATION…WAYSIDE TO FAYETTEVILLE TO DUNN AND SMITHFIELD IN HOKE…CUMBERLAND… AND HARNETT COUNTIES NORTH CAROLINA

DATE…APRIL 16 2011
ESTIMATED TIME…340 PM EDT THROUGH 425 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF3
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…140 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…ONE MILE
PATH LENGTH…65 MILES ESTIMATED
BEGINNING LAT/LON…35.01N / 79.13W
ENDING LAT/LON…35.46N / 78.40W
* FATALITIES…3
* INJURIES…AT LEAST 20

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

…SUMMARY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH NC HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO THAT MOVED IN A NEARLY CONTINUOUS PATH FROM NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF WAYSIDE IN HOKE COUNTY…THROUGH THE FAYETTEVILLE AREA…TO DUNN
AND SMITHFIELD IN HARNETT COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON APRIL 16 2011. A TORNADO INITIALLY FORMED NEAR THE WAYSIDE AND JOHNSONS MILL COMMUNITIES IN HOKE COUNTY…WHERE EF0 DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED WITH
MOSTLY TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST…CROSSING INTO CUMBERLAND COUNTY JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 401. EF0 DAMAGE CONTINUED NEAR THE CLIFDALE COMMUNITY…WHERE THE DAMAGE
WAS MORE SPORADIC ACROSS BONES CREEK AND STEWARTS CREEK. STRONG TORNADO DAMAGE THEN OCCURRED IN AND NEAR THE BEAVER CREEK COMMUNITY ALONG REILLY ROAD AND YADKIN ROAD WEST OF FAYETTEVILLE. DAMAGE WAS MOSTLY EF1 AND EF2 HERE… BUT WAS BRIEFLY EF3 DAMAGE (WIND SPEEDS NEAR 140 MPH) TO A BUSINESS AND SOME DWELLINGS NEAR YADKIN ROAD. FOLLOWING THIS…EF0 AND EF1 DAMAGE OCCURRED ACROSS SIMMONS ARMY AIRFIELD…ALONG ANDREWS ROAD AND ACROSS PINE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL NORTH OF FAYETTEVILLE…AS WELL AS THE GOODYEAR PLANT ALONG HIGHWAY 401. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST…THROUGH THE CARLOS AND SLOCOMB COMMUNITIES…WITH MAINLY EF0 TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS ABOUT A HALF MILE WIDE.

JUST SOUTH OF THE LINDEN COMMUNITY…A SMALL AREA OF EF2 DAMAGE OCCURRED NEAR MCBRYDE ROAD WHERE SEVERAL HOMES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED…AND A MOBILE HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. ANOTHER
BRIEF BREAK IN THE DAMAGE OCCURRED NEAR THE CAPE FEAR RIVER…THEN DAMAGE BEGAN AGAIN JUST SOUTH OF DUNN. IN DUNN…EF1 DAMAGE WAS COMMON…WITH AREAS OF EF2 DAMAGE (WIND SPEEDS TO 130 MPH) WHERE MOBILE HOMES WERE COMPLETELY WIPED OFF OF THEIR FOUNDATIONS AND TREES WERE DEBARKED. THE TORNADO DAMAGE PATH WAS ABOUT ONE THIRD TO ONE HALF MILE WIDE.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEAST FROM DUNN INTO SOUTHERN JOHNSTON COUNTY WHERE IT MOVED NORTHEAST AND CROSSED HIGHWAY 242 AND HIGHWAY 50 PRODUCING A WIDE SWATH OF DAMAGE ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF BENSON. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED IN HALF…SEVERAL MODULAR HOMES WERE DESTROYED…AND NUMEROUS HOMES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED. THE TORNADO SUBSEQUENTLY CROSSED INTERSTATE 40 NEAR MILEMARKER 330 AND CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEAST TO JUST SOUTH OF FOUR OAKS BEFORE CROSSING INTERSTATE 95 NEAR MILE MARKER 90. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST BEFORE REACHING SMITHFIELD WHERE LITTLE OR NO DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED. THROUGHOUT THIS PART OF THE TRACK THERE WAS A BROAD SWATH OF EF0 DAMAGE WITH EMBEDDED AREAS OF EF1 AND EF2 DAMAGE. AT ITS PEAK…THE TORNADO WAS A HALF MILE TO A MILE WIDE.

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