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Highway 22 EF-0 Tornado (Randolph County)
  December 20, 2017


Event Summary

NWS Meteorologists surveyed damage near Roanoke in Randolph County and determined it was the result of a tornado.

A brief EF-0 tornado moved along an eastward track just north of County Road 22 in southern Randolph County. Several metal roof panels were blown off a barn on County Road 865, with a few instances of snapped tree branches and snapped, slender pine trees noted downstream. A split tree within the city limits of Roanoke fell onto an SUV. Tree damage from the December 8th snowstorm turned out to be more prominent than the tornado damage. Special thanks to the Randolph County EMA for their assistance in this survey.

Estimated Maximum Wind:
65 mph
Damage Path Length:
3.2 miles
Maximum Path Width:
16 yards
Approximate Start Point/Time:
4 WNW Roanoke
at 1040 am
Approximate End Point/Time:
1 WNW Roanoke
at 1045 am




Radar Image
Reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) of the circulation just before the tornado touched down.
Images are from KMXX at 1036 am.


Damage Photo
  Tree Damage