Strong Storm Hits Northern Pitt County

Authorities say a strong storm has struck northern Pitt County. Emergency Manager Director Noel Lee reported to the National Weather Service that straight-line winds were responsible for the damage.

Power lines are down in the Stokes area and a school bus was blocked by debris for a short time.

Firefighters say a piece of a barn's roof blew off and it struck a power line. A Pitt County school bus just happened to be there and could not turn around with the debris blocking the road.

Highway 30 in the Stokes area was closed while crews worked to repair the downed lines. That road is open once again.

Emergency Management Director Noel Lee says a pack house had its roof blown off, while another old building had material blown from it as well. That debris struck the power lines. A car shed also fell on top of a car.

Greenville Utilities says no one actually lost power as the two lines brought down were neutral lines. Those lines have since been repaired.

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  • by I Saw It on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM
    It was on the internet, I saw the satellite pictures of the clouds and a radar composite. It was big & red with yellow all around it. It moved slowly across the screen of my computer.
  • by Angela Location: Bethel on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:35 PM
    I came along right after this happened. Probably 4-5 vehicles behind the bus. Glad nobody was hurt.
  • by Iwus There on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
    It rained and my car got wet. The wind blew and I was scared. I'm home now and I feel safer.
  • by Mindi on Mar 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM
    It was bus 322 from Stokes School. My son was on a different bus, thankfully!
  • by Mindi on Mar 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM
    Which bus number? My son is on a bus on his way home from Stokes School on a bus. :(

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