Images of the November 1988 Raleigh Tornado Damage
Raleigh, North Carolina

These are digitized photographs of damage from an F4 tornado that passed through the northern sections of Raleigh, North Carolina during the early morning hours of November 28, 1988. This tornado remained on the ground for 84 miles and eventually reached Northampton County, northeast of Roanoke Rapids. The trail of destruction impacted thousands of lives across six North Carolina counties. The tornado killed 4 people, including two children in Raleigh, and injured over 157 people. Given the widespread destruction, as documented in these images, it is somewhat amazing that the death toll was not higher. The storm destroyed 425 residences and 78 businesses. Over 2000 homes sustained some damage resulting in nearly 1000 residents becoming homeless.

 
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