Tornado confirmed in Durham during Thursday's storms
by WNCN Staff
DURHAM, N.C. -
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down Thursday evening in Durham.
The tornado, with max winds of 90 miles per hour, downed trees and power lines in Southwest Durham, the NWS said. The tornado only lasted three minutes and was 150 yards wide, according to the NWS. The storm was on the ground for less than a mile.
Officials are also investigating a possible second tornado on the Durham/Person county line.
The NWS issued a tornado warning for Durham County at 6:10 p.m. Thursday.
A tornado warning was also issued for Granville and Person counties at 6:54 p.m. but expired around 7:20 p.m. No reports of damage came out of either county.
WNCN’s Steve Sbraccia said power lines and trees were down near Hope Valley Road and University Drive in Durham following the storms.
"There has been some significant damage," Sbraccia said. "Some of the power lines have been knocked down, some telephone poles have been taken down and some trees."
The 2800 block of University Drive, which was shut down Thursday night, was re-opened at 7 a.m. Friday.
Several homes throughout Durham were damaged, some split by trees. One home on Arnold Road was split in two by a tree and is a total loss. The homeowner wasn't home at the time, but two dogs were. A neighbor was able to rescue the dogs.