2 years later: Tornadoes caused massive damage after sweeping through North Carolina

CHARLOTTE — Two years ago, six confirmed EF1 and EF2 tornadoes swept across seven counties in North Carolina causing massive damage.

Those tornados ripped off roofs, knocked down trees onto homes and scattered debris for miles, according to reports.

The National Weather Service confirmed six tornadoes touched down in Cleveland, Mecklenburg, Kannapolis, Rowan, Union, Gaston and Stanly counties.

Matthews County resident Brett Kiker said he will never forget.

“I was right upstairs,” Kiker told Channel 9. “It got very loud and windy and rained. I just kind of sat in the middle of the room and waited for it to pass.”

The storm affected every county in the Channel 9 viewing area.

Tornado warnings forced students to duck for cover in the hallways of their schools before some districts let classes out early.

Windows shattered, trees snapped and a bathtub was found in someone’s yard after a possible tornado tore through Kannapolis.

Heavy rainfall caused flooding throughout the area that shut down roads, caused voluntary evacuations and forced school districts to close or open late the following day.

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