Tornado confirmed in Cool Springs, clean-up continues


UPDATE: The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado in Iredell County Wednesday afternoon.  The assessment of its path continues with more information expected to be released at a later time.

At least three Cool Springs homes were destroyed after what the Fire Department there is calling a tornado Wednesday afternoon.

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Cool Springs Fire Chief Andy Webster. In two of those cases where properties were destroyed, no one was home. A mother and her two children reportedly hid in the basement at the other.

There’s only one known injury from the Cool Springs situation – a Paul Keaton who is believed to have been picked-up by the tornado while in his car and dropped in someone’s yard.

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Harold Keaton who believes his relative will be okay. Numerous houses were damaged, although it’s unknown exactly how many. The storm’s damages were wide-spread across the areas surrounding Highway 64, Sain and Swann Roads.

North Carolina State Trooper Dennis Maffucci caught the suspected tornado on video:

Maxine Mitchell lives in a house next door to one of those that was destroyed. Watch her interview with WSIC here:

Watch Cool Springs Fire Department Chief Andy Webster’s full interview with WSIC here:

Chris Hoke took to Facebook Live to update followers after returning from the storm area Wednesday evening:

Damage pictures:

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