NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Richmond Co.



RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. - National Weather Service officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon that an EF-1 tornado touched down twice in Richmond County during Monday's storms. 

According to Warning Coordination Meteorologist Necholas Petro, the tornado had winds near 90 mph and carved a two-mile, 100-yard wide path. 

The officials visited Richmond County Tuesday, surveying damage from Monday’s storm.

A viewer sent Eyewitness News a picture of a funnel cloud in the area on Monday afternoon.

Richmond County Emergency Management said it hit just before 1 p.m. Monday south of Rockingham.

Viewer Ronnie Chavis captured the picture about that time. Shortly after, he snapped a picture of the damage along Saint Stevens Church Road, off Highway One. The roof of a building was damaged and the siding was ripped off.

Another picture shows a trampoline against a home.

No injuries were reported.

“I’m thankful to the Lord. I believe in the Lord, and he works in mysterious ways,” said witness Larry Chavis.