04/16/11 544 W, 3 I - + 2 - 5 Raleigh Fire Department Responds to Tornado Damage

How that's for an understated headline? Downtown Raleigh received tornado damage this afternoon, along with other sections of the city. And along with other cities, towns, and communities affected by the far-reaching storm system. Local and national news have coverage a-plenty. We'll add those later, maybe in the morning. Yours Truly was also out and about and has some pics to share. View an early set of photos by Mike Legeros. More later. More photos. More news coverage. More everything.


Might take some time to sort through the details of the Raleigh Fire Department's response, as well as the scope of the storm damage in the Capitol City.  Here's what's been gleaned so far. Next step, assessing what the heck was happening in Holly Springs, and the other areas also hit hard.

Raleigh Fire Department Response

Early Damage

Task Force 8

Call Back and More

Calls and Conditions

This was a very bad storms that hit the raleigh area…Two thumbs up to all the men and women that have been working throughout the day…...
chris (Email) - 04/17/11 - 01:44

The boys from Fayetteville FD got hit pretty dang hard as well.
Mike - 04/17/11 - 07:50

News & Observer reports some stats today, http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/04/18/1..

Estimated 63 homes destroyed, and 184 with major damage in Raleigh. Initial damage estimate between $3 million and $5 million.
Legeros - 04/18/11 - 20:26

The N&O has a great graphic in today’s section-A showing the path of tornados in the eastern part of the state.

Andrew Wallace - 04/19/11 - 08:04

Not to mention the damage at KTC. All minor compared to what could have been. Missing some carport shelters, I believe they were located a few blocks away. Could have been a lot worse. All of the USAR equipment was staged there along with the new tiller truck. All outside at the time of the tornado. Station 7 took what looks like a direct hit with minor damage and no injuries. Engine 3 had a tree fall on the reserve truck they were riding that day. Raleigh FD did an outstanding job considering the possibilities and the conditions! Great Job brothers and sisters to the east!
Donaldson - 04/19/11 - 17:56

Thanks D, as I hadn’t known about the damage at the training center. Those must been the car ports on the USAR field. And, indeed, quite the fleet was parked near the strike zone, between the tiller and the USAR assets.
Legeros - 04/19/11 - 18:13

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