The Piedmont is in the peak of tornado season--so, could we see an EF5 tornado with winds over 200 mph?
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Raleigh say yes, but they also add that EF5 tornadoes are extremely rare.
Most tornadoes in North Carolina are EF0 to EF1 with winds topping 110 mph. While most of the area's tornadoes are on the lower scale, they can still cause significant damage and fatalities.
While strong tornadoes can form anywhere in North Carolina, tornadoes rated EF2 and higher, tend to form across the Sandhills and Coastal Plain.