National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado in Bayview on Wednesday

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -The National Weather Service says an EF-1 tornado touched down in Bayview Wednesday afternoon.

A survey of the area determined that a waterspout moved ashore and touched down as a brief tornado in the town before lifting.

The NWS said that tornado had between 100-105 mph winds, traveled just over a quarter of a mile, had a path width of 125 yards, and was only on the ground for a minute.

Residents this morning were cleaning up after the storm downed trees, powerlines, and caused debris to be scattered.

Hunter Turnage had a massive tree land in his backyard and says there was a funnel cloud. “You couldn’t see a defined funnel because it was up higher in the air until it came across. That’s why I wasn’t sure it was a tornado until it came on top of me. And as you can see it ripped off the tops of the trees, otherwise you would see damage on the ground.”

John Coram says he didn’t see a tornado but definitely heard one. “Everybody says it sounds like a freight train but it sounded like a huge jet flying over the house like a huge roar. It wasn’t very long. It was about five or six seconds. But when it was over that five or six seconds caused a lot of damage.”

One question that many neighbors have—is why wasn’t there a tornado warning for Beaufort County?

While surveying the damage, we asked Ryan Ellis with the National Weather Service team in Morehead City, that question. He says there was a severe thunderstorm warning “with a possible tornado”—attached to it. Ellis says, “Not all severe thunderstorm warnings will have that tornado possible tag but we will use that in these situations when a quick spin ups can happen.”

There were no reports of any injuries.