Florence Spawned Tornado Causes Damage in North Carolina

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
September 17, 2018US News

A tornado spawned by Florence touched down in North Carolina on Sept. 17, leaving damage in the Elm City area.

The tornado was reported over Elm City around 7:30 a.m., eight miles southwest of Rocky Mount, according to the National Weather Service.

The service said that the tornado left trees and power lines down in the area and also inflicted damage to some buildings, citing emergency officials in Wilson County, reported The News & Observer.

Tornado warnings were also issued for Durham County and eastern Orange County around 7:30 a.m. but they were discontinued about 30 minutes later with no confirmed tornado spottings.

The service said that there were four reports of tornado touchdowns, coming from Elm City, Roseboro, Pikeville, and Goldsboro. The video footage above shows damage in Sampson County.

Damage in Elm City

Susan Pittman, who lives in Elm City, said she, her husband, and her grandchild were woken up by the tornado warning. They got up and headed to a closet just moments before a tree toppled right onto their house, where the grandson Taylor had been sleeping.

“We heard all the alarms. I’m very thankful for that,” Susan Pittman told WRAL.

“I saw it, and the roof had just collapsed in the den.”

The downed trees hit houses and power lines in the area of Wilson, Leo, Main, and Barnes streets, reported The Wilson Times.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Blaes told the Times that staff with the service planned to do a damage survey in the coming days.

There were also reports of damage inflicted by the tornado outside of Elm City limits.

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