Damage reported in Carteret Co. after Tuesday morning tornado

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – In Carteret County, high winds caused widespread damage across the area as folks recovered.

The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday afternoon that an EF-1 tornado with winds of 110 mph touched down in Davis.

There’s damage across much of Carteret County after strong storms moved through Tuesday morning, which prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning.

The National Weather Service issued the warning at 8:45 a.m. and it lasted for about fifteen minutes. After a survey of the damage, the weather service said a tornado did, in fact, touch down.

Storm damage at the Luther Lewis and Son Fish House and nearby power poles is consistent with high end ef-1 damage. Additionally, Open Grounds Farm reports an additional 5 power poles were knocked down approximately 1 mile north of Nelson Bay Road on the eastern end of the farm property.

The Fish House is approximately 1.7 miles north-northeast of Davis and the Open Grounds farm damage is approximately 6.7 miles north Of Davis.

In Davis, 9 On Your Side caught up with National Weather Service surveyors.

They were out looking at the type of damage caused. At one building, those with the National Weather Service found enough evidence to make a determination.

“We observed tornado damage, it was very localized just to this area,” said Tom Lonka, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Lonka said they surveyed the surrounding areas as well and found numerous power poles down and fallen tree limbs, which he says more than likely stemmed from the thunderstorm winds.

He also said the tornado damage was very localized.

“This is the only damage we’ve really seen here aside from some tree limbs down that were associated with the strong thunderstorms but this is the tornado that hit and much stronger than anything we’ve seen,” said Lonka.

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Here’s a look at some of the storm reports from Carteret County:

  • Multiple reports of winds in excess of 70 mph.
  • Small tree limbs, fences down, and shingles missing on Old Causeway Road in Beaufort.
  • A Twitter viewer said he heard windows were blown out at the courthouse. That’s currently unconfirmed, however.
  • A trampoline was overturned and shingles ripped off a roof and a nearby transformer blew out and the power is out in Bettie from high winds.
  • A tornado was reportedly spotted by a person at 8:51 a.m. just 3 miles north of Davis.
  • Law enforcement spotted a tornado along Highway 70 in Stacy at 8:58 a.m.
Tree in front of Cedars Inn B&B on Front Street. Courtesy: Charlie Burgess
Tree in front of Cedars Inn B&B on Front Street. Courtesy: Charlie Burgess
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Portable building that was before the storm was sitting on a trailer. Courtesy: Beaufort Town Manager Charlie Burgess.
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Near the Eury Condos Pier on Front Street in Beaufort. Courtesy: Beaufort Town Manager Charlie Burgess

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