Roof damage, downed trees after tornados hit parts of Triangle


The tornados hit southeastern Wake and Johnston counties around 9 p.m. as showers and storms moved through central North Carolina.

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On Sunday, the National Weather Service ruled an EF0, with maximum winds of 80 miles per hour, touched down in Garner.

The epicenter of the damage happened in a neighborhood on Trebor Drive near Cross Pointe Lane. One house sustained partial roof damage with a couple of windows broken and trees down. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

Another strong EF0 tornado also touched down in Willow Spring, the National Weather Service confirmed late Sunday.

Resident Scott Woolard said he was out of town when the storm hit, but came home right away when his daughter told him how the heavy wind and rain tore through their property. The twister left behind piles of wood and broken trees.

"Blew the ... tree down on top of the barn and tore the barn out, tore the playhouse up and tore the swing set out," he said. "Probably cost $2,000 to $3,000 [in damages]."

His neighbor said it sounded like a freight train as the tornado rolled through.

"It was really howling you know how they always say how it sounds," Carol Grady said Sunday. "In January, part of that tree came down on my car and then last night, another big portion of the limbs came down and blocked our driveway."

A funnel cloud was also spotted in the Harnett County area around 8:15 p.m., but no tornado touch downs were reported. A funnel cloud was also spotted in Fuquay-Varina during the storms.

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