NWS: Damage in Chowan County consistent with EF0 tornado

Severe storms march across eastern Carolina; some scattered damage, power outages reported

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Heavy storms marched across eastern Carolina Friday morning with one tornado touching down in Chowan County.

The National Weather Service said Friday that the damage found on Rocky Hock Road in west-central Chowan County is consistent with an EF0 tornado. The storm survey is still ongoing and more information will be available later in the day.

Several other tornado warnings were issued across the east in counties including Bertie, Craven, Jones, Martin, Onslow and Pitt. There were numerous severe thunderstorm warnings.

The NWS also reported online that a caller reported a funnel cloud 2 to 3 miles away from New River Air Station. However, there has been no confirmed ground report of that funnel touching down.

In Beaufort County, the 911 call center reported flooding at the intersection of HWY 33 and Mill Rd in Chocowinity. It also reported flooding on Dan Taylor Rd.

In Carteret County, the Carteret Communications Center called to report flooding at the intersection of the Atlantic Beach causeway and HWY 58. Officers had to direct traffic. There was also flooding at E. Ft. Macon Road between S. Greenville Ave. and E. Bouge Blvd. There was also flooding in Morehead City on 15th and Bridges St. Police requested barricades to close the road.

A spotter reported 62 mph wind gust at the wildlife ramp at Cedar Point. In Peletier, the emergency manager reported trees down on Peletier Loop Road. In Stella, a caller reported strong wind damage. They reported a cedar tree came down and a fence was blown over.

In Dare County, a gust to 40 kt was noted at the Alligator River Bridge.

In Jones County,  a spotter reported nickel to quarter size hail in Trenton, Jones Co. on HWY 70. about 4 miles out from New Bern.

One bright spot is in Lenoir County, where Highway 11/55 is now open all traffic. The road was closed Tuesday due to rising flood waters.

In Onslow County, the 911 center reported power lines down. Duke Energy reported around 50-60 people in the Hubert and Swansboro areas were without power.

9 On Your Side photographer, Kenneth Roundtree said streets were flooded in downtown Washington in Beaufort County.

A WNCT viewer reported that Hwy 33 between Grimesland and Greenville is flooded with heavy ponding along the roadway. Another WNCT viewer reported heavy rains and wind in Nine Mile area of Onslow County.

Another WNCT viewer said it’s flooded all the way out in Cold Creek in Fort Barnwell. They said the water is constantly rising.

Many school systems either closed outright or delayed opening as did a handful of others.

Stay with 9 On Your Side for more details as they become available.

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