NWS: Two tornadoes hit Harkers Island last night at same time

NWS:  Two tornadoes hit Harkers Island last night at same time

The first was an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 100 miles per hour, while the second was an EF-0 with 85 miles per hour winds.

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The National Weather Service says two tornadoes hit Harkers Island last night at the same time.

The first was an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 100 miles per hour, while the second was an EF-0 with 85 miles per hour winds.

The EF-1 tornado was on the ground for a quarter of a mile. It started near South Ferry Dock Road and continued across Island Road, before ending near Nelson Street, according to meteorologists.

The other tornado was on the ground for about a seventh of a mile, touching down near Soundview Lane, and lifting near Island Road.

Both tornadoes hit at 9:05 p.m. and were on the ground for five minutes.

Based on reports of damage in Craven County, the National Weather Service has said they may also do a storm survey in that county on Thursday to determine if a tornado hit there as well.

TUESDAY NIGHT DAMAGE

Carteret County says there was one minor injury from the storm and one family on Island Road was displaced.

A boat storage building at the Harkers Island Fishing Center was also damaged.

Carteret County authorities say they responded to multiple reports of property damage across the island, Smyrna, and Atlantic last night.

The Weather Service said a 102 mph wind gust registered at an offshore buoy near Harker’s Island just before word of damage started to come in.

A tornado warning was issued for the county just after 9 p.m. last night.

Crews were working this morning on restoring power to the area. This morning there were 965 homes & businesses without power and by 4:00 p.m. that number was down to 220.

Harker's Island begins recovery effort after FAWD Tuesday

Harker’s Island begins recovery effort after FAWD Tuesday

Those who have suffered property damage are encouraged to contact the Carteret County Emergency Services Office at (252) 222-5841.

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