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A very robust storm system produced a nearly 24-hour long severe weather event in our area that lasted from late morning on May 8th until the morning of May 9th. There were numerous reports of damaging winds and large hail with some of these reports being very significant and fairly rare in our forecast area. Several places saw extreme straight line winds estimated to be in excess of 90 mph in some places. One fatality also resulted in Claiborne County due to a tree that fell on a car. One EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Cherokee County, NC. There were also several reports of flash flooding, especially by the morning of May 9th with many places receiving in excess of 3" of rain.

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