National Weather Service Confirms Tornadoes In Thursday's Severe Weather

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At least four tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service during Thursday’s severe weather, the organization said Friday.

Two EF-2 tornadoes — with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph — were confirmed, one south of Kings Mountain at about 10:55 a.m. and another in Kannapolis at about 11:45 a.m.

An EF-1 tornado also touched down west of Pineville. The EF-1 tornado, which is the second-weakest of of six types of tornadoes, has maximum sustained winds of 95 mph.

The tornado touchded down at 12:18 p.m. “almost exactly on the NC/SC line along Nations Ford Road,” officials said, and continued east into Matthews and Union County.

An EF-0 tornado also was confirmed in Rowan County. That category of tornadoes has winds of 65-85 mph.

Much of the area continues to experience flooding and damage from uprooted and downed trees.