VIDEO: Tornado that killed two, injured 14 in Bertie County had winds of 145 mph

[NCDOT video]

The National Weather Service says the tornado that killed two and injured 14 early Tuesday in Bertie County was an EF-3 twister with top winds of up to 145 miles per hour.

A survey conducted by personnel from the Wakefield weather office on Wednesday determined the twister was 600 yards wide at one point as it cut a 10 mile long path between 1:15 and 1:26 a.m.

The tornado touched down south of the intersection of Knowles Lane and Middle Track Road in southern Bertie County just north of the Roanoke River.

It rapidly increased to EF-3 intensity as it crossed Middle Track Rd destroying 3 mobile homes, a barn and
one single story home.

The EF-3 tornado continued to track northwest destroying around a dozen mobile homes and severely damaging several
single story homes as it crossed Morning Road. Homes in this area were unrecognizable as the tornado left bits of debris.

Its width increased to just over one-third of a mile along Morning Road. Two fatalities occurred in mobile homes along Morning Road.

The tornado continued to track northwest along Woodard Road weakening to an EF-2 tracking towards Windsor damaging homes along its path.

Dropping to an EF-1 intensity as it moved across U.S. 17/13 in Windsor and along the U.S. 17/13 bypass west of downtown Windsor, the tornado damaged numerous businesses and homes including blowing out the windows of a barbecue restaurant and tipping over a food truck.

The tornado continued moving northwest as an EF-1 damaging several farm buildings near N.C. 308/Governors Road
about two miles northwest of Windsor. The tornado lifted soon after crossing Governors Road.

It was likely the strongest tornado associated with a tropical system documented in the United States since 2005. Another tornado at about the same time in Hertford County was rated at EF-0.

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