Wednesday marks 30 years since an F4 tornado devestated Raleigh.

Around 1 a.m. on November 28, 1988 an F4 tornado touched down in north Raleigh and stayed on the ground for 84 miles to just northeast of Roanoke Rapids. It remains one of the strongest tornadoes on record in North Carolina.

The tornado first touched down in Umstead State Park and cut a path across north Raleigh where it flattened a K-Mart on Glenwood Avenue. Two fatalties were reported in Raleigh. Another two deaths occurred in northwestern Nash County. An estimated 157 people were injured along the tornado's path.  Over 2000 homes sustained damage.

In an era before Doppler radar, a warning was not issued before the tornado touched down.