Time line of the Carolina's Tornado Outbreak
A time sequence of events that occurred is as follows, courtesy of National Weather Service
Local Storm Data, and Dr. T. Fujita.
The first tornado to strike North Carolina produced F4 damage as it moved northeast into Scotland
County from Marlboro County, SC. around 1915 local standard time (LST). Seven people were killed in Marlboro
A second tornado produced F4 damage and formed just to the east of the previous tornado around 1925 LST. Both
tornadoes moved in a tandem for several minutes to near Maxton before the first tornado lifted. The second
tornado killed one person in Scotland County before moving into northwestern Robeson County. Between 1925 LST
and 1945 LST, the second F4 tornado produced a 1500 yard wide path of destruction as it passed northeast
through northwest Robeson County, killing one and injuring 280. It passed directly through the
communities of Johnís, Maxton,
and Red Springs. Every substantial building in Red Springs sustained F1 or F2 damage. This tornado finally
lifted as it approached Hope Mills and Fayetteville, in Cumberland County.
The third tornado touched down at approximately 1945 LST about 5 miles northeast
of Tobermory, in Bladen County. It then passed through Beaver Dam and entered west-central Sampson County.
Two people were killed and a large forest was destroyed in this part of Sampson County. The tornado produced
a nearly continuous path of F3
damage from Beaver Dam through Salemburg, Roseboro, and Clinton. One person was killed in Salemburg, two in
Roseboro, and six near Clinton. The tornado
moved northeast at 60 MPH, before lifting just 2 miles west of Clinton. A total of 101 people were injured
with this tornado.
Just a few moments after the Clinton tornado lifted, the fourth major tornado to affect North Carolina
touched down at 2015 LST, 5 miles northeast of Clinton. This storm produced a direct hit on Faison, Calypso, and
portions of Mount Olive in southeastern Wayne county. The tornado produced F3 damage, killing 3, and injuring 149.
After a brief lull just northeast of Mount Olive in Wayne county, another F3 tornado touched
down just southeast of Goldsboro and passed southeast of La Grange in Lenoir county, where 81 were injured
around 2030 local time. As this tornado lifted, another even stronger tornado touched down just a few
miles to the northeast of La Grange. This tornado was likely the most deadly and devastating of the day,
as it ripped across northern Lenoir, central Greene, and into Pitt county between 2045 LST and 2055 LST.
Six people lost their lives at Snow Hill in Greene county, two in Ayden, one in Winterville, and six on
the east side of Greenville. In addition, the F4 tornado injured 153 and destroyed more than 300 homes
as itís path of destruction occasionally reached to more than 1200 yards wide.
Just as the family of tornadoes that devastated the southern and central coastal plain region diminished
around 2100 LST, another family of tornadoes began their damage paths across the northern coastal area.
The first touchdown was in Bertie county, just west of Lewiston at 2055 LST. The F3 tornado tore through
a mobile home park there, killing 6, 5 in one family. Nineteen others were injured.
The tornadoes continued to touch down in sequence across Bertie, Hertford, and Gates county
between 2110 LST and 2130 LST. Two people were killed, and 17 injured as tornadoes passed
just southeast of Ahoskie and over the Chowan River into Gates county. The final tornado moved ashore from
the Albemarle Sound, crossed the southern part of Chowan county and moved into Perquimans county near
Elizabeth City around 2215 local time. The last of the fatalities occurred in Perquimans county as a tree
crushed a mobile home.