EASTERN CAROLINA - 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.
The Tornado Warning for several Eastern Carolina counties has been extended.
The National Weather Service states the Tornado Warning will last until 6 p.m. Friday for the following counties: Beaufort, Martin (including Williamston), and Pitt (including Greenville).
According to the NWS, trained weather spotters reported a funnel cloud near Bruce (7 miles northeast of Farmville) moving northeast at 35 mph.
Locations in the Tornado Warning include, but are not limited to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, East Carolina University and Pitt-Greenville Airport.
Greene County EMS had previously told NewsChannel 12 that officials visually confirmed a tornado touching down near the Fort Run area.
A Tornado Warning has been issued for several counties in Eastern Carolina.
According to the National Weather Service, the following counties are under a Tornado Warning: Beaufort, Greene, Martin (including Williamston), Pitt (including Greenville, Farmville, Winterville).
The Tornado Warning will last until 5:15 p.m.
Greene County EMS told NewsChannel 12 officials have visually confirmed a tornado touching down near the Fort Run area.
There is no word on damage. NewsChannel 12 is working to get more information.
Viewer Diane Emory took the above photo from her front porch in Snow Hill.
UPDATE: A Tornado Warning is in effect for northeastern Wayne County until 4:$5 p.m. Friday.
According to the National Weather Center, trained weather spotters reported a funnel cloud and quarter-sized hail at 4:23 p.m. Friday 10 miles east of Fremont (14 miles northeast of Goldsboro) moving at 35 mph. A tornado may develop at any time, the NWS stated.
The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Eastern Carolina.
The Tornado Watch was issued at about 1:22 p.m. Friday and will last until 9 p.m. for the following counties in our viewing area:
Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, Wilson.
A Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes.
If a tornado does touch down, head indoors, stay away from windows, and get to the lowest level of your home. If you do not have a basement or are in a one-story home, get into an interior room such as a bathroom. Take a blanket or pillow to throw over your head to project from any flying debris.
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