Courtney Elementary gym severely damaged by tornado

Olive Rios
May 26, 2017

Officials in a North Carolina county say a possible tornado has damaged an elementary school.

The gym at Courtney Elementary School in Yadkin County lost its roof and two walls.

Emergency officials confirmed that between 25 and 30 homes were damaged and two completely destroyed just east of Statesville.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-2 tornado with a continuous path crossed out of Davie County into Yadkin County during the storm.

Huntersville Fire tweeted that a tree was down on Gilead Road at Wynfield Creek Parkway around 3:52 p.m. Wednesday. Autry says the town is receiving help from the state's Emergency Management Office.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh issued a severe thunderstorm warning Wednesday afternoon, which expired at 5:15 p.m., and a tornado watch effective until midnight.

On Thursday, more storms are expected, with some forecast to be severe with damaging straight line wind gusts and hail the size of golf balls.

Unlike hurricanes, the wind speeds of tornadoes are estimated by the amount of damage done to structures.

Video coverage showed numerous trees toppled and there are multiple reports of property damage near the Davie County line.

A Tornado Warning was issued for several North Carolina and SC counties Wednesday afternoon, which has since expired.

"We're extremely fortunate that there were no life-threatening injuries from this band of storms that struck North Carolina", said Governor Roy Cooper. Thornton said all other injuries were scrapes and bruises.

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