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National Weather Service confirms F1 tornado in Alamance County

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TWC News: National Weather Service confirms F1 tornado in Alamance County
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BURLINGTON -- Teams from the National Weather Service spent part of the day Monday in the Triad region to survey the damage after Saturday's storms. Days after Saturday's round of severe weather, people are still reflecting on what is now known as one of the state's most deadly storms.

"I could hear the crackle and pop and then I heard the roar and I said let's get in the basement quick," said Burlington resident, Mack Garrison.

Like many parts of the state, Saturday's storm toppled trees in some sections of Alamance County, an area officials are now documenting as on of the places hit by one of dozens of tornadoes.

"The structural damage has all been caused by trees and that's consistent with F1 tornado damage," said Michael Moneypenny with the National Weather Service.

Several home and businesses were destroyed including a 100-year-old family farm.

"We've got deeds that date back to 1800," said Judy Garrison.

The Garrisons are still counting the number of downed trees on the 185 acre farm.

"I know that we've lost more than 200 trees. It's awesome. I know that every cedar tree on the farm is gone," said Judy Garrison.

All of the animals on the farm survived and the tornado spared the family's home and while the couple and many more North Carolinians have a lot of cleaning up to do, many understand things could be much worse. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP