Friday, March 27, 2009

March 28, 1984: Carolinas Outbreak

Saturday will mark 25 years since the deadliest tornado outbreak on record in the Carolinas...

Twenty-two tornadoes were reported that day. 57 people were killed in the Carolinas and some estimates show over 1000 were injured.

The tornadoes developed the afternoon of March 28, 1984 in South Carolina devastating areas around Newberry and Winnsboro. Other tornadoes in the Palmetto State eventually tracked into North Carolina. In the town of Red Springs located in Robeson County, every building was reported to have some type of damage.

As we remember that tornado outbreak 25 years ago, we must prepare for the threat for severe weather this March 28. While we do not anticipate anything like 1984 at this time, severe weather including isolated tornadoes, damaging straight line winds, and hail will be a threat. Saturday's severe weather threat across the state will begin in the afternoon and continue through the night perhaps into early Sunday morning.

While storms are expected Saturday afternoon, another round of storms could move through much of the state late Saturday night into early Sunday morning when most folks will be sleeping. Unfortunately, North Carolinas ranks as the number state in killer nighttime tornadoes. If severe weather hits while you are sleeping this weekend, do you have a way to be alerted? NOAA Weather Radios provide instant alarms to severe weather warnings and are programmable to the type of watches or warnings and the counties you want to be alerted to. Just like every home should have a smoke detector, every home in North Carolina should have a NOAA Weather Radio. They can be purchased from most electronic stores for under $50. Be sure to purchase one with S.A.M.E. technology, this will allow you to program your radio for the alerts and counties you would like to know about.

Stay tuned to News 14 Carolina and through the weekend. The Weather on the Ones Forecast Center will be staffed around the clock. We'll have updates every 10 minutes with continuous updates if necessary.

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