North Carolina-April 2011 Tornados-February 26

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-February 26

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

On Wednesday we dealt with the threat of severe weather including tornado warnings in much of North Carolina. Those warning brought me back to the worst set of tornados to have ever hit the state in April 2011.


April 16 produced 57 tornadoes across the southeastern part of the United States with North Carolina the hardest hit state.  One of the most striking aspects of this event was how many tornadoes went through major urban areas in North Carolina including Fayetteville, North Carolina off of Interstate 95 and of course downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. All total there were 31 reported tornados in North Carolina that day.

The map below shows where the tornados hit in North Carolina back in April 2011.

tornado map

If you look real close my hometown of Lumberton NC had a EF 1 (green) cross over I-95 adjacent to Robeson Community College.

While April 16, 2011 may not top the charts for tornado outbreaks on a national scale, it was the worst tornado outbreak in North Carolina history in terms of total number of tornadoes (31) and the number of strong tornadoes with 16 rated as EF2 and EF3.

If you want to see what it looked like on April 16 2011 there are a couple of video links below:

Hitting a Walgreen’s


Coming across I-795 just outside Wilson NC



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