Initial reports: 4 to 5 tornado touchdowns in Eastern Carolina

Beaufort County tornado (Credit: Jennifer Moore)

EASTERN CAROLINA - Initial reports indicate there were up to five tornado touchdowns in Eastern Carolina Friday.

Although the National Weather Service won't be doing an official survey until Saturday morning, it appears that there were between four to five separate tornado touchdowns Friday afternoon to Friday night.

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During Friday afternoon, Greene County EMS said officials visually confirmed a tornado touching down near the Fort Run area. Spaights Bridge Road, Four Corner Store Road, Old Creek Road, and Shine Road all had houses with damage. Power lines are down in that area and some roads are impassable, EMS officials said.

Then, at about 7:15 p.m. in Pitt County, Voice of America employees watched a tornado touch down at a field in Chicod, according to the NWS. No damage was reported.

At 7:33 p.m., a tornado was reported on the ground near Black Jack in Pitt County, the NWS stated.

At about 7:40 p.m., rescue personnel reported trees being uprooted and falling down in Chocowinity in Beaufort County, according to the NWS.  About two minutes later, fire crews reported seeing a tornado on the ground in Chocowinity.

As the tornado moved through Beaufort County, it did not cause deaths. But at least 12 people were taken to the hospital, said EMS Director John Pack. At least 100 homes have been damaged, and some have been flattened to the ground, Pack said.

The tornado caused Highway 264 east of Washington and Highway 33 near Chcowinity to be closed due to downed trees and power lines, Pack said. At one point, the tornado left about 8,000 households in the county without power, Pack told NewsChannel 12.

Pack said a State of Emergency for Beaufort County has been issued.

Finally, at about 8:07 p.m., the 911 Center in Pasquotank County reported a possible tornado at Halls Creek Road, stated the NWS.

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