- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

MARION, N.C. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that it was a tornado that touched down in southern McDowell County earlier this week.

The weather service said that the storm Tuesday night in the Montford Cove community was classified as a week tornado, with winds of 75 mph to 80 mph.

No one was hurt. Several structures were damaged.

Weather Service meteorologist Larry Gabric told local media outlets the McDowell County tornado was the only one confirmed as the storm system moved through Tuesday.

He says the storm traveled about four tenths of a mile on the ground in 30 seconds before lifting off again.

Gabric said hilly terrain helps disrupt circulation, making tornadoes uncommon in the mountains.

It was the eighth tornado in western North Carolina in the last five years.

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