Earth Watch Report  –  Tornadoes


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Tornado USA State of North Carolina, [Beaufort and Greene Counties] Damage level Details




Tornado in USA on Saturday, 26 April, 2014 at 04:50 (04:50 AM) UTC.

A State of Emergency has been declared in Beaufort County after a tornado destroyed homes, caused injuries, and left thousands without power Friday. According to a release from Beaufort County, the State of Emergency went into effect at 10:30 p.m. Friday and will last through 7 a.m. Sunday. During this time, travel in Beaufort County should be restricted to emergency situations. Violators of the State of Emergency may receive a fine of $100 plus court cost, according to the county release. Emergency Management Director John Pack said all Beaufort County residents have been accounted for and no fatalities have been reported. But at least 12 people had to be taken to a hospital. At least 100 homes in Beaufort County have been damaged, Pack told NewsChannel 12. Along Highway 264, north of Beaufort Community College, mobile homes are flattened, power lines are down, and trees are all over the road.

Officials said power outages are widespread in the county. Pack said up to 8,000 households were in the dark at one point. It may take at least 36 hours to get all the power back up and running. Greene County Emergency Management officials say the National Weather Service told them a tornado touched down in the Castoria area, damaging trees, power lines and several homes on Shine Road outside of Snow Hill. J.R. Hulon’s says his house on Speights Bridge Road was also hit. He says, “The porches are gone, the roof is gone the siding is gone, but I’ve still got somewhere to stay. So i’m just blessed.” Hulon says he was driving home on Speights Bridge Road and saw the tornado over the trees by his house break off into two smaller tornadoes. Hulon says, “I don’t know, it was like big clouds that came to the ground, and there was one and then it went into two, and one went over to the neighbors this way, and the other came through my yard.” Hulon’s seven dogs all survived, which he says is what’s important. But the shock factor of what happened is still setting in. “I really don’t know what’s going through my mind at this point. I’m just numb. I mean you work hard to get what you’ve got, and you come home and it’s just gone, in an instant.” Trey Cash with Greene County Emergency Management says there were no reported injuries.



Initial reports: 4 to 5 tornado touchdowns in Eastern Carolina

POSTED: 10:52 PM Apr 25 2014   UPDATED: 11:57 PM Apr 25 2014


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.

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.


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EF3 Tornado Confirmed; 16 People Injured, Some 100 Homes Damaged In Beaufort County

Storm Damage & Power Outages In Beaufort County
Storm Damage & Power Outages In Beaufort County Part 1

The National Weather Service says an EF3 tornado touched down Friday night in Chocowinity, with winds around 150 miles per hour.

Authorities say approximately 100 homes were severely damaged or destroyed from the storm in Beaufort County.

Emergency Management Coordinator John Pack says at least 16 people were transported to the hospital with injuries.

Pack says there are no reported fatalities at the this time but his crews are going door to door in a search and rescue effort.

The county declared a local State of Emergency Friday night and a shelter was opened to house stranded residents.

That shelter is located at Snowd Branch Church of God’s Family Life Center at VOA and Cherry Run roads. People should bring a bedroll or sleeping bag, a pillow, towel, and personal care items.

Additionally utility crews working are to restore power to homes and businesses in Beaufort County. The strong line of storms from Friday knocked down trees, damaged homes and knocked out power to more than 3,238 Tideland EMC customers.


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NC officials say tornadoes reported in six counties

NC officials say tornadoes reported in six counties

by 13News Now

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Updated today at 10:21 AM


RALEIGH, NC — The National Weather Service may not know yet whether tornadoes caused all that damage Friday night in North Carolina, but residents do.

Across the Tarheel state, authorities reported tornadoes in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, as well as in Beaufort, Chowan, Greene, Halifax counties.

State officials say 18 people were injured during the storms; five in Pasquotank County.

Early estimates indicate that more than 100 homes have been severely damaged or destroyed and numerous others have sustained damage.

Damage in Beaufort County was so bad a shelter was opened overnight to house stranded residents.  Officials declared a state of emergency late Friday.


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