Elizabeth City, NC, United States (4E) – Six tornadoes touched down in northeastern North Carolina on Friday evening injuring at least 16 people and damaging at least 200 homes, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Two separate storm cells triggered EF-1 and EF-2 tornadoes in Pitt, Beaufort, Perquimans, Halifax and Pasquotank counties. A 300-yard-wide tornado moved 10 miles in Beaufort around 7:25 p.m. Friday causing a line of damage from the county’s west-northwest part to the northeast, local emergency management Director John Pack said.
Two hundred homes were also damaged or destroyed and about 8,000 people lost power until midday on Saturday, Pack said. The country was placed under a state of emergency and a shelter for victims was opened.
Chicod, Chocowinity and Whichards Beach communities in Pitt and Beaufort counties were also affected.
In Elizabeth City, a tornado downed trees along U.S. 17 and ripped off the roof of the Riley Wellness Center on the campus of Elizabeth City State University. Pasquotank and Perquimans counties lost power overnight while flooding was reported in Halifax County.
The NWS also received 32 reports of wind damage and 36 reports of hail damage in the said counties.
The Red Cross provided meals and assistance to affected residents of Beaufort, Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank counties.
Gov. Pat McCrory is touring damaged areas on Sunday.