CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado touchdown at around 12:18 p.m. in south Charlotte during Thursday's strong storms.
NWS sent their survey crews to southern Mecklenburg Friday to investigate the storm damage and confirm a tornado did touchdown between Pineville and Matthews.
Trisha Palmer, with the National Weather Service, said the EF-1 tornado had maximum sustained winds of 95 mph and the path of the tornado was at least 17 miles long.
"We saw mostly snapped trees in Pineville," Palmer said. "Most of the structural damage was limited to trees falling on houses."
Palmer said once the tornado touched down it lifted up and then dropped back down several times.
NWS said they could see the rotation of the tornado from their doppler radar in Greenville, and the terminal doppler radar located near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
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