Skip to comments.National Weather Service confirms eastern North Carolina tornadoes
Posted on 04/26/2014 4:02:03 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
HALIFAX COUNTY, N.C. -- The National Weather Service is confirming multiple tornado touchdowns in eastern North Carolina, and an emergency management director reports more than a dozen people were taken to the hospital as a result.
Meteorologists said Saturday that while its survey is continuing, they have confirmed EF-2 tornadoes touched down in Pitt and Beaufort counties on Friday. A final assessment is expected late Saturday.
Specifically, the meteorologists said a low-end EF-2 struck near Chicod in Pitt County. A moderate EF-2 hit near Chocowinity and a high-end EF-2 struck Whichards Beach.
On the enhanced Fujita scale, an EF-2 has winds of between 111 mph and 135 mph for a 3-second gust.
Beaufort County Emergency Management Director John Pack said 16 people were taken to the emergency room when the storms passed through around 7:25 p.m. Friday.
Pack said 200 homes were either heavily damaged or destroyed.
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