Severe Weather Season Started Today As We Commemorate A Major Twister

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

A string of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms kicked off the severe weather season for eastern North Carolina on Friday.

There were several funnel clouds and a few tornadoes that skipped across eastern North Carolina on Friday afternoon.  The storm system and accompanying cold front responsible for the severe weather is still across the Midwest.  The cold front will reach western North Carolina by late Saturday with strong to severe thunderstorms likely to develop across the Piedmont late in the day or evening.  A few strong storms could reach eastern North Carolina late in the day but severe weather is more likely to occur Saturday night into Sunday morning. 

Saturday, March 28  is the 25th anniversary of the major tornado that hit eastern North Carolina in 1984.  Over 40 persons were killed in the storm with over 1,500 injured.  The storm cut a path from near Red Springs in southern North Carolina to Elizabeth City in the northeast.  Many counties across our area were hit and several suffered significant damage.  Although such storms are rare for us it is a good reminder as to what can happen this time of year.  Late March, April and May are considered the most likely time of the year for severe weather and we got a taste of it on Friday.  It is always good to have a weather radio, especially at night when television and computers are off.  The weather radio is set to give an alarm if severe weather threatens your area.  They can be found in a local store in most communities.  Let's hope the severe weather season is calm but it is important to be ready just in case. 

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  • by Kim Location: wayne county on Mar 28, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    It was the day before my 7th birthday. My dad was at work and my mom, my brother and I were at home in Duplin County. We all got out safe thank God but it sure left us scarred for life. I always stay on top of the weather now so that I can keep my family safe. i would like to thank all of those who helped us get back on our feet 25 years ago!!
  • by Ginny Location: V'town on Mar 28, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    Allen, I was also 17 years old when this tragedy occurred. My sister-in-law, Carol Taylor, lived in Greenville. I remember having a nightmare that someone in my boyfriend's family had died and he was coming to tell me about it. I woke up to my mom saying he was at my house. This was very unusual on a school morning. We had not even heard of the tornadoes since we lived about 40 minutes away. He asked if I wanted to ride over with him. She was killed in the storm, and her entire house was gone. Her dog remained alive on his chain outside, and lived to a ripe old age. He escaped with minor injuries. I remember feeling very overwhelmed and in great shock. It is still very painful to remember. Our whole family suffered a great loss of a wonderful friend. I married her brother in March 1985. We still miss her very much. There was an eerie silence there the morning after. There are no words to describe the experience. Thank God for those who survived. There were many miracles.
  • by Marilyn Location: 117 moore rd on Mar 28, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    I remember just like it was yesterday. I was only 12 years old I'm 38 years old today. The tornado took the roof off my house. It was 7 children in the house no adults. We all survived. The house was totally destroyed. As I tell you about this da, I eyes are filled with tears. A mother and her daughter died beside us. a father, his daughter, and son that lived in front of us died in front of us. A lady across the street in front of us died. But thanks be to GOD I'm still alive. I can't tell you all that happen because it would be a book. But I can remember every detail of what happen. Believ it or not I brought the same house that was rebuilt from the tornado! God is Good!
  • by Jonathan Location: Dodge City, KS on Mar 28, 2009 at 04:24 PM
    I grew up near the VA/NC line and remember the March 28, 1984 tornado event. Our small church in Lawrenceville, VA donated to the disaster and visited Greenville. I was fascinated by weather and decided to become a meteorologist. I have a web site devoted to special tornado cases all across the country. I am beginning to develop a page for this event. I just started working on it and have a long way to go. The surface chart loop is quite a challenge. The page may be finished by June. Here is the link: You can submit your damage pictures to me and I will post them on my web page with your name at the bottom of the pictures. Or you can contribute to the page in other creative ways.
  • by Michelle Location: Raleigh on Mar 28, 2009 at 03:57 PM
    It was so sad. I was in 9th grade at Aycock in Greenville. We lost our teacher Faye Creegan to that storm. She was an absolutely amazing teacher and person. A rare gem. I remember feeling so sad about all the future students that would would never have the experience of sitting in her classroom, team-taught with Mrs. Sheppard. "Creegan & Shep." They were famous. :) I remember feeling overwhelmed at the amount of loss the area suffered. It was a early lesson about the unpredictability of life.
  • by Susan on Mar 28, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    I was 5 years old in Kindengarten at Grifton School. I remember when it took the roof off of the school in Ayden and Grifton shared our school with the Ayden students until the roof was fixed.
  • by allen on Mar 28, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    I was a 17 year old kid working at a local radio station..That day was my parents 25th wedding anniversary..It was a scary night..Over the next few days the radio station in Farmville was a drop off point for clothes & food etc..for those who lost in some cases everything in the storms..I never forget the sound of the weather alerts going off for what seemed like hours on that Wednesday night but i think local broadcasters certainly helped save lives that night.It was a night i'll never forget...
  • by Charlie Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    I remember it like it was yesterday. I survived it with just two cuts on my arm that required stitches. The home I was in was utterly and completly destroyed. The storm affected many lives then and now. I have seen things today that I haven't seen since that bumble bees flying around in a seemingly confused state. I hope we don't have terrible weather tonight...but I have seen signs that I saw then. It is said that animals and insects sense when weather is going to be destructive. I know this is not a myth.
  • by linwood Location: beulaville on Mar 28, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    I remember this well, especially right after the twister ripped through southern Pitt Co. and Ayden. I was a police officer at the time and i can still recall the strange silence immediately after the storm interrupted by flashing lights and sirens by responding law enforcement and emergency personnel, the constant radio calls for more assistance I will never forget.

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