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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  • by Heather Location: Greenville on Apr 25, 2008 at 10:37 AM
    Is there a tornado siren in Greenville? Did this incident prompt any towns to put in a siren?
  • by sam Location: pitt county on Mar 15, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    A tornado carved a path 160 miles! Is that normal, whats the longest carved path of a tornado?

    Editor's Note: The record is 219 miles. The Tri-State tornado churned through Missouri, Indiana and Illinois in 1925 and killed nearly 700 people.

  • by Linda Location: pactolus on Feb 18, 2008 at 02:19 AM
    we had a tornado go over about 4:45 am..have trees down no structural damage...heard the roar...I was in the 1984 tornadoes...son lives next door heard it also.
  • by mark Location: moyock, nc on Feb 4, 2008 at 06:36 PM
    I vividly remember that particular outbreak. However, eastern north carolina had a similiar outbreak in late november 1988.
  • by Deven Location: Ayden on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    I heard about the tornadoes that hit in North Carolina in my science class. I wasn't living down here at the time, but my science teacher said that there were several casualties and that the tornadoes did a lot of damage to western and eastern North Carolina. Hope that there won't be another one coming through here.
  • by Colin Woodley Location: Edenton NC on Jan 22, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    Tornadoes are definitly terrifying. Especially at night or early in the morning. I have heard that school bus story from a retired principal so I know it is definitly true.
  • by Christian Location: Belhaven,NC on Dec 16, 2007 at 08:42 AM
    I was devastated when I read about the tornado outbreak in 1992.I'm am personally terrified by them.
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