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Freight train then chainsaws: Tornado leaves audible imprint across Zebulon, Wendell

Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL metorologist, and Julian Grace, WRAL reporterMay 15, 2019

Residents of Zebulon and Wendell were spending time Tuesday helping neighbors and working around the house to clean up after Monday’s powerful storms.

An EF-2 tornado with maximum winds of 111 to 135 mph that roared through eastern Wake County was on the ground for almost 18 miles, from 4 miles northeast of Knightdale to 4 miles north-northwest of Bailey, uprooting trees and damaging homes and roads.

Allyson Hocutt said the storm made a sound she will never forget. She lives in mobile home and took shelter in a home next door.

“It took a roof off the storage building. It knocked off shingles off the house. It busted out some windows in the single-wide. It was definitely a tornado. I heard the freight train,” she said.

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