GARNER — A relatively weak tornado caused minor damage to a neighborhood off Rand Road just south of Garner’s town limits Saturday night.
One house on Trebor Drive near its westernmost intersection with Cross Pointe Lane suffered roof and window damage, while a neighbor had a portion of a tree beak off. Another tree lost a sizable limb at the other intersection of Cross Pointe Lane and Trebor Drive about 600 feet away.
The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado with wind speeds of about 80 miles per hour had already destroyed a shed at Old Stage Road and N.C. 42 in Willow Springs about 10 minutes earlier. No one was hurt in either incident.
The tornado was identified as an EF0, the weakest rating on the tornado rating system and which indicates winds of 65-85 mph. The worst is an EF5.
Rodney Wood, who lives on Trebor Drive across from one of the damaged trees and was home during the storm. Standing outside on his porch he heard a droning sound amid the wind and rain and moved inside, and said it took about a minute for it to pass over. He said he was skeptical that the tornado had touched down.
Wood noted that the type of tree that broke on both sides of Cross Pointe Lane, Bradford Pear Trees are common throughout the neighborhood and have a reputation for not holding up well in storms because of their many forked, fairly heavy branches with no strong core trunk.
“You can sneeze on them and they’ll break,” Wood said. “Any kind of wind and ice, they have so much weight on such a little trunk.”
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