NC Tornado Outbreak

By: Jennifer Harcher
By: Jennifer Harcher

Five tornadoes tore through North Carolina November 22-23 in 1992.

Five tornadoes tore through North Carolina November 22-23  in 1992.  The tornadoes were a part of a tornado outbreak that affected many southeastern states and the Ohio Valley.

In North Carolina alone, two people were killed and 74 were injured.  110 homes and 7 businesses were destroyed, and an additional 600 homes and several other businesses were damaged.  This outbreak resulted in over 9 million dollars in damage.

The first set of tornadoes occurred across the western Piedmont and foothills area during the late evening on November 22. The first tornado touched down at 1015 PM in Cleveland County near Belwood.  It was classified as a weak FO on the Fujitia Scale. Then a F1 tornado tracked across northeastern Catawba County into Iredell County. The final tornado in this small cluster of tornadoes touched down in southeastern Yadkin County. 15 injuries resulted from these tornadoes.

The second tornado event started as a large super-cell over Chatham County before 200 AM. The thunderstorm spawned an F3 tornado touching down near the I-40/I-85 split and tracking northeast into a Hillsborough subdivision at around 220 AM.  This devastating tornado lasted only ten minutes and carved a path of 5.5 miles, injuring 10 and killing 2 people. 

The final round of severe weather began when a large super-cell thunderstorm developed over eastern Harnett county at around 400 AM. This storm tracked rapidly northeast and was on the ground for nearly two and half hours before dissipating near Elizabeth City by around 630 AM. The tornado touched down as an F3 tornado at 410 AM between Angier and Coats, and carved a path for 160 miles...A North Carolina record.  In Elizabeth City, a school bus in route to school was carried 75 yards, injuring 21 people.

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