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Tornadoes confirmed in Anson County; more than 1,000 in Richmond still without power

According to the National Weather Service, two tornadoes touched down near Morven monday, destroying or damaging several homes and poultry houses. Photos are from the Morven town limits.
Michael Broadwater - For the Richmond Observer

MORVEN — The National Weather Service confirms that two tornadoes touched down in Anson County as strong storms swept across the state on Monday.

According to a report from the NWS on Tuesday, the first was an EF-2 tornado with estimated maximum wind speeds of 125 mph that lasted about a minute.

The tornado traveled four-tenths of a mile and had a path of 75 yards.

The report states that the tornado touched down at 6:34 a.m. about a mile northeast of Morven along Diggs Road, just north of N.C. 145.

That tornado reportedly destroyed two of four chicken houses and lifted a mobile home from its foundation, rotating it 180 degrees.

Ten minutes later, an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 110 mph touched down about five miles south of the first one.

Its nine-mile, non-continuous path ranged from 150-200 yards wide, downing trees and damaging numerous outbuildings, homes and vehicles.

According to the NWS, six or seven homes were destroyed and several turkey houses were significantly damaged.

A tornado also reportedly touched down in Alamance County near Saxapahaw.

There were no fatalities or injuries reported related to any of the three tornadoes in the central region.


Many people across the South were left without power in the wake of the storms.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Duke Energy was reporting that more than 17,000 customers were still in the dark in the Carolinas, including 911 in Anson County and 1,861 in Richmond County.

The estimated restoration time in Richmond County is 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Pee-Dee Electric had cut its outages to 198 in Anson, 38 in Richmond, three in Scotland and one in Union.

According to downdetector.com, Spectrum cable had widespread outages across North Carolina and northern South Carolina.


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