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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