Added this historical document (PDF), that includes the previously transcribed response report, plus profiles of Raleigh FD and Wake EMS, plus excerpts from log book entries of the fire units. And a couple maps.
Twenty-five years ago yesterday, local responders were jolted into action after an early morning tornado touched down in northwest Raleigh. The 1:00 a.m storm struck with virtually no warning, starting at Umstead Park. The funnel continued east and northeast, crossing Glenwood Avenue and striking and collapsing a K-Mart store. The nearby Raleigh fire station on Pleasant Valley was missed, though the Durham Highway fire station on Davis Circle was blown down.
The path continued in a north/northeastern tract, damaging and destroying apartment buildings and houses as far north as Mourning Dove Road off Six Forks Road. It continued into the county, and through much of the state, nearly reaching the Virginia border. In Raleigh, two people were killed and 102 others were injured. The tornado damaged or destroyed dozens of businesses and hundreds of homes.
The emergency response included some 225 Raleigh firefighters, with 12 engines, 2 truck companies, 2 rescues, three mini-pumpers, and other units. At least fifteen Wake County fire departments responded with dozens of personnel and numerous units. Five Durham County fire departments also responded. The EMS response numbered some two-dozen (or more) ambulances, from all of Wake County's rescue squads and EMS providers. Ambulances also responded from Durham, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, and Orange counties.
Here are a couple photos from News & Observer photographers, as well as some web links. They include two prior blog postings on the subject. Where are any photos from Legeros? He was working as a traffic reporter, on a split shift of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (abouts) and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (abouts). Don't recall any pictures taken, but he wandered on foot through the staging/command area, and drove around the Leesville Road/Six Forks road areas, gawking like the rest of the world. The pine, the pine.
News & Observer photos