A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Randolph County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 90 mph.
The tornado touched down in a forested area one-quarter mile west of County Road 296. This location is approximately 8 miles northeast of Roanoke. The tornado tracked east-southeastward for an additional three-quarters of a mile before lifting near the Georgia state line. No homes or structures were in the vicinity of the tornado. Several hundred trees were either snapped off or blown down along the path. The tornado damage path was 3/4 of a mile long and was 500 yards wide at its widest point. No injuries or fatalities were reported.
Hail was also reported with this storm. The hail was at least quarter size.