It was a stormy afternoon all across eastern carolina with numerous tornado warnings and reports of funnels clouds, high winds, hail and rain. Thursday night those storms are gone for the most part and the damage left behind, thankfully, was minimal.
Clean up in Duplin County began minutes after Thursday's storms rolled through the Rose Hill area. One hog house full of pigs was crushed by extreme winds according to officials. That hog house collapsed on some pigs forcing workers to work hard and fast to clean the debris. For one resident who heard about the damage he said its what he expected.
"I believe that because it was 65 miles per hour or more. That's what happened," said Gary Cooper.
It's also what happened in other counties across the east. Pink Hill in Lenoir county had several reports that a twister touched down. Pictures from Plymouth in Washington county showed the winds toppled trees into homes and even crushed cars. Cooper said he knew that all of eastern carolina was going to get a taste of what Duplin county saw early on.
"I was really concerned too because you know it's a life threatening thing. but natures got to take its course and when nature takes its course that's it," said Cooper.
That course led it also straight into Pitt county where a tree on the campus of ECU came crashing down before the storm flew over to Beaufort county with golf ball size hail.
One Warsaw, Duplin county resident says at least it wasn't as bad as what we saw earlier this month..
"Two weeks ago was worse than it was this time," said Justin Blanton
Even though there is still clean up for some who were hit by Thursdays storms, they know it could have turned out much worse.
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