Confirmed: Tornado Hits Bertie County

The National Weather Service confirms that a weak tornado struck Bertie County Friday morning.

Bertie County Emergency Management coordinator Ricky Freeman says winds from the tornado were estimated at between 65 and 75 miles per hour.

The twister touched down in Aulander just before 11:00 a.m.

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Authorities say a tornado swept through northern Bertie County Friday morning shortly before 11 a.m., damaging about 10 homes in Aulander.

Bertie County sheriff Greg Atkins says there is significant damage to three homes in Aulander. One home had a tree limb go through its roof, though no one was home at that house when the tornado hit.

The sheriff says multiple trees and power lines are down, but so far there are no reports of injuries.

The storm left a trail of destruction in its path. There were broken tree limbs, scattered debris and many downed trees.

Corretta Williams says she heard one tree crash into her neighbor's home and knew instantly a tornado struck the area. "It sounded like a train was coming but it wasn't a train, it was a tornado," Williams told WITN.

The quick moving tornado brought heavy rains and gusty winds. Nattie Smith knew she was in danger and jumped into action. "My grandson, he woke me up and said grandma, grandma. And by the time he called my name I heard something falling and I thought it was the tree falling on the trailer," Smith said.

There was a tornado warning for western Hertford County and northeastern Northampton County that was issued shortly before 11:00 a.m.

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  • by jon Location: farmville on Sep 27, 2008 at 07:40 AM
    There was also a touchdown between walstonburg and farmville earlier that day, around 1 am. It hit on Cupelo Rd and blew the roof off an old farmhouse and tore some underpinning from a trailer. A few tress could be seen in the woods that had their tops blowed off and a cornfield also had been flattened.
  • by Krissy Location: Colerain,NC on Sep 26, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    My heart felt prayers goes out to each and every family that was effected by this unexpected tornado. I am from Aulander myself and when I heard of the tornado Friday morning I began to call my family members as well as friends to see if anyone was hurt. Thank GOD that they were not hurt. My heart goes out to Blanche because I know her very well.I began to cry when I saw her house but thank GOD she wasn't home. As well as my cousin (whose name is spelled Mattie Smith not Nattie Smith)i will be praying. Hang in there. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
  • by matthew on Sep 26, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    I watched another station at noon today...they didn't even mention there was a storm. Good job Ch. 7!

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