A tree ripped out of the ground by an EF0 tornado in Franklin County. (Michael Barnard, WNCN)
LOUISBURG, N.C. -
Residents in Franklin County are working to clean up the
aftermath of an EF0 tornado that touched down southwest of Louisburg Tuesday
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF0 tornado
with 85 mph winds touched down southwest of Louisburg and was on the ground for
Buildings were torn up, trees and other items were twisted
and destroyed, but injuries were non-existent, Franklin County Sherriff Jerry
"Everything went crazy," recalled David Pierwola, who has a
close call with the tornado. "Trees down, things just flying, [something] hit
me on the back on my head when I was on my front porch."
"I always wanted to see a tornado up close, but I think this
was a little too close," Pierwola said. "It happened just like that, in the
blink of an eye. I don't think more than 20 to 30 seconds."
Nancy Galardi was on her front porch when the winds started
"It was this really loud sound, and the next thing I know: here
comes this huge wind that cracks this tree and it hits the porch," Galardi
Galardi's home held, protecting her, but her property took a
"It broke this tree in half and all of the other trees were
lying down," she said. "It took all the furniture off the deck and threw it on
the other side of the deck.
"I told my husband, ‘Honey, trees are down all over the
"And he goes, ‘Honey, there's a tornado in the backyard."
As the tornado whipped through neighborhoods, folks couldn't
believe what they were seeing.
"I looked out that window and saw a tree going," Lee Simon
said. "I called my wife to come look and she was at the back door and called me
and said, ‘Come look at this.' I saw my little shed had lifted up and
disappeared but it left my little pigs."