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140 MPH Winds With EF-3 Tornado In Clemmons

3:23 PM, May 9, 2008   |    comments
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  • Flash flooding in downtown Winston-Salem.
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Clemmons, NC -- The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado registered as an EF-3 touched down in the Forsyth County community of Clemmons.

The tornado packed 140mph winds as it caused destruction along Frye Bridge Road and Moss Creek Lane.

Emergency services reported the tornado touched down in Clemmons just before 11:00 p.m. damaging numerous homes.

Crews blocked off entry to a neighborhood near Frye Bridge Road just east of the Salem Glen Country Club.  The fire department hosted an emergency shelter.

WFMY News 2 on the scene talked to several families.  One mother who lost the entire second floor of her home said it was hard to see her little girl tumble down the stairs.   

One high school senior said the window to his room shattered, and he could see his small puppy actually being lifted off the grown and blown down the hall.  He was able to get downstairs before his room was totally blown away.

We counted more then 30 homes with moderate to severe damage.  While one home was turned to rumble, another home was blown off its foundation.

Another man whose home was spared but his backyard completely destroyed told WFMY News 2 that he heard the train coming and immediately hid in his basement. 

Throughout the neighborhood, many homes are inhabitable.  People were moving out their belongings, loading up whatever they could find in to pick-up trucks and SUVs.   

On Thursday night, a Clemmons man told WFMY News 2 that he lost a tobacco barn and an outbuilding near Fraternity Church Road.  He heard the warnings and got his family into the basement.  Everyone stayed safe.

Flash flooding impacted traffic in downtown Winston-Salem on Main Street and First Street.

Stay tuned to WFMY News 2 at Noon, 5 and 6 for more information.

WFMY News 2

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