Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

EF2 tornado confirmed in Amherst and Campbell Counties

EF2 tornado confirmed in Amherst and Campbell Counties

The National Weather Service in Raleigh, North Carolina, confirmed that a tornado with 135 miles per hour (217 kph) winds rumbled through Greensboro on Sunday, leaving thousands without power and canceling classes in the local school system.

By the end ot the severe weather event, more that three dozen reports were submitted that spanned from tornadoes, wind damage, flooding, to hail.

Gov. Roy Cooper said there were 33,465 Duke Energy customers without power Monday afternoon, and of those, 21,000 were in Guilford County.

First responders were working to assist those in Craig County, Lynchburg and other localities impacted by possible tornado damage, according to Jeff Stern of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

One person died in Sunday's storm, and thousands were left without power because of fallen trees and downed power lines and utility poles.

The only Lowcountry county under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. was Williamsburg County. Damage was reported to 160 buildings in Crawford County.

Despite the March and April storms, the central Sierra snowpack was at just 47 of average as of Thursday, the California Department of Water Resources reported. The advisory warned of tornadoes, hail and wind.

Two tornadoes tore up trees and ripped apart homes in Greensboro and Reidsville, North Carolina, killing a motorist who was hit by a tree, according to Greensboro's city manager, local media reported. He said at least seven people were hospitalized for injuries, mostly from debris.

Updated at 4 p.m.

Guilford County schools were closed Monday because of damage. The biggest problems were in Guilford and Mecklenburg counties. The bulk of those outages were in Floyd County.

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