A tornado touched down and moved through Beaufort County Friday night, closing down highways and causing thousands to lose power.
A Tornado Warning expired at 8:30 p.m. Friday for Beaufort County due to the storm losing strength, according to the National Weather Service.
But the tornado left about 8,000 households in the county without power Friday night, said EMS Director John Pack.
In addition, Pack said Highway 264 east of Washington and Highway 33 near Washington are closed due to downed trees and power lines. According to Pack, trees have fallen on houses and two trailers have been blown away. At last check, crews were looking for the occupants in those trailers.
The tornado touched down at about 7:36 p.m. Friday about 6 miles west of Washington, near Chocowinity.
NewsChannel 12 spotted the tornado rolling through Washington via the webcam at the N.C. Estuarium.
Earlier Friday during the first line of storms, Greene County EMS told NewsChannel 12 a tornado touching down near the Fort Run area.
According to Greene County EMS, Spaights Bridge Road, Four Corner Store Road, Old Creek Road, and Shine Road all had houses with damage. Power lines were down in that area and some roads were impassable.
A little more than an hour after the first Tornado Warning expired, another Tornado Warning has been issued for Eastern Carolina Friday night.
According to the National Weather Service, Beaufort County (including Washington) and Pitt County (Ayden and Winterville) will be under the Tornado Warning until 7:45 p.m. Friday.
At 7:21 p.m. Friday, an NWS doppler radar continued to indicate a tornado. This tornado was located near Shelmerdine (9 miles east of Winterville), moving northeast at 35 mph.
Meanwhile, the rest of Eastern Carolina will be under a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m.
The photo above shows a tree that fell onto a home on Shine Road in Greene County. No one was injured.
The Tornado Warning in Eastern Carolina has expired Friday, but a Tornado Watch remains in effect.
All of Eastern Carolina is under a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Greene County EMS told NewsChannel 12 Friday afternoon that officials visually confirmed a tornado touching down near the Fort Run area.
According to Greene County EMS, Spaights Bridge Road, Four Corner Store Road, Old Creek Road, and Shine Road all have houses with damage. Power lines are down in that area and some roads are impassable.
The photo above shows a tree that fell onto a home on Shine Road. No one was injured.
NewsChannel 12 is working to get more information.