National Weather Service says microburst caused Beaufort County storm damage

BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Newport say a microburst, or straight-line winds, caused that storm damage in Beaufort County on Monday.

A camper was destroyed and two others damaged at the Eagle's Nest Campground on Highway 17, south of Chocowinity.

Beaufort County Emergency Management Operations Chief Chris Newkirk says, fortunately, no one was inside the destroyed camper.

Elsewhere there were uprooted trees and a carport destroyed by the same line of storms.

The Weather Service says maximum winds of 60-70 miles per hour caused the damage near Chocowinity.

The camper that was destroyed was not tied down, and winds moved it some 20 to 25 feet.

No one was injured from the storms.


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A camper was destroyed and two others damaged after strong storms rolled through parts of Eastern Carolina Monday afternoon.

The worst damage happened at the Eagle's Nest Campground on Highway 17 outside of Chocowinity.

Beaufort County Emergency Management Operations Chief Chris Newkirk says, fortunately, no one was inside the destroyed camper.

The couple's dog, which was inside at the time, returned home several hours later. It was okay.

Newkirk said they're in contact with the National Weather Service to see if the damage was caused by a tornado or just strong winds.

He says elsewhere there were uprooted trees and a carport destroyed by the same line of storms.