BELHAVEN, BEAUFORT COUNTY - After a storm survey on Tuesday the National Weather Service has determined that two tornadoes struck eastern Carolina on Monday. One in Beaufort County the other in Hyde County.
The first tornado touched down around 3:45p.m. near Pantego. It started as a moderate EF-1 according to the National Weather Service. As the EF-1 tornado crossed Highway 264 between Pantego and Belhaven, the twister flipped a truck and tore open the side of a house.
As the tornado tracked towards Beech Ridge Road it strengthened into an EF-2 tornado with winds estimated around 130 mph. There it hit five houses. One of which was completely destroyed. From there the tornado continued to track northeast before it dissipated. Five people were injured from this path. The total length of the tornado was 5 miles long. At times the path was 300 yards wide.
Then, the same parent storm produced a second tornado. This touched down just east of the Hyde County line near Ponzer. The second tornado was rated as an EF-1 with winds around 100 mph. The Ponzer tornado was on the ground for about a mile with a maximum path width of around 200 yards.
The National Weather Service is still assessing the damage to fine-tune their storm survey. The current ratings of EF-2 and EF-1 could be subject to change.
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