DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Officials with the National Weather Service spent several hours in Davidson County surveying the damage after a storm swept through around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Brandon Locklear, senior forecaster with the NWS out of Raleigh, says the damage was caused by straight-line winds.
"One thing I want to stress about straight-line wind damage -- you can easily see wind magnitudes of 70 to 90 mph, which is just as strong as weaker-end tornadoes," said Locklear. "We did have several reports of some rotation. And that was kind of consistent with what we were seeing with the radar. But what they [witnesses] described -- for the most part... the funnel cloud or the rotating cloud was just above the ground -- they never saw it actually touching the ground."
Locklear says the damage surveyed showed there were some areas in the county where winds got up to 90 mph.
The NWS started their survey damage in Lexington and ended in Thomasville.
Multiple locations across the county were struck. In Lexington reports of damage came in from the Lexington Medical Center, Tussey Road, South Main Street and Sapona Road. In Thomasville first responders said Upper Lake Road and the streets that intersect with that road were hit hard.