NWS determines spring storm spawned tornado in Lake Wylie

Posted April 17, 2018 2:09 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was in Lake Wylie and determined that a tornado was responsible for extensive damage in the Timberlake neighborhood.

NWS officials were still determining how large the tornado was.  Dozens of trees in the neighborhood snapped in half, siding peeled off of homes and roofs ripped apart.

Even though the tornado was spinning in one direction, pine needles blew the opposite way, back up against the side of homes.  At least one house was damaged so badly that the homeowner still cannot move back in.

Many others need new roofs and siding.  The cleanup will last weeks and will certainly cost homeowners, or their insurance companies, thousands of dollars.

The National Weather Service is now looking at the areas that were damaged north and south of the neighborhood to figure out what the tornado will be rated on the EF scale.  Winds were clocked between 70 mph to 80 mph.