Feb. 17—The survey team for the
"The team has found a track almost to the
So far, the tornado is still indicative of a "high end EF3," especially in the
The EF scale is used to assign a tornado a rating based on estimated wind speeds and related damage. Pfaff said a large portion of tornados in the Carolinas are about EF0, which is considered to cause light damage with 65-to-85 mph winds and EF1's, which are considered to cause moderate damage and 86-to-110 mph winds, according to the
EF3's are considered to cause severe damage amid 136 to 165 mph winds.
The team estimates a 275-yard path-width for the
"That is quite expansive for a tornado," Pfaff said.
The team is still working to figure out the time the tornado touched down, but Pfaff said he thinks they are close. The damage assessment will be wrapped up sometime this afternoon or early this evening, he said.
Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation announced crews were working again Wednesday morning to restore power in areas impacted by the tornado this week.
The cooperation noted they expect to have power restored to most members today, with the exception of those who had structural damage in the hardest-hit areas in and around
Crews are working with county officials, "going house by house," to determine which locations still pose safety concerns, according to the cooperation's Facebook post. They anticipate their next update to be shared around
Efforts to survey areas of
In the aftermath of the tornado that killed three and injured 10,
Out of Tuesday's assessment effort came the news that the tornado has been rated a high-end EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita damage scale. This scale is used to assign a tornado a rating based on estimated wind speeds and related damage. At this point, winds are estimated to have been at 160 mph.
The weather service will send another survey team to the area around
"Hopefully this afternoon we'll have a detailed report," said
The tornado was the first to claim lives in the
In addition to the three killed and 10 people injured Monday, at least 50 homes were damaged, displacing some residents. Tuesday morning saw about 3,000
Wednesday morning there was a line of trucks along
Some trees near the entrance of
Amid the damage caused by the storm, relief efforts to help those effected are underway.
Representatives from the
A GoFundme page has also been set up for the
"Many of our neighbors are in great need of relief, so please feel free to share the fundraiser page and please keep those impacted by the tornado in your thoughts and prayers,"
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