National Weather Service Says No Tornado In Lenoir County

The National Weather Service says straight-line winds caused Monday's storm damage in Lenoir County.

An estimated 50-60 homes in the northern part of the county received light to moderate damage.

NWS meteorologist John Cole estimates the damaging winds were between 70 and 80 miles an hour.

Clean-up is underway in parts of Eastern Carolina Monday evening after severe thunderstorms rumbled through. There's reports of also a tornado being spotted.

Lynn Everett, who is North Lenoir's fire chief, says he spotted the funnel cloud come down on his property on Fred Everett Road, that's northwest of Kinston.

Everett told WITN News that the funnel cloud touched down. Ten trees on his property were blown down and pieces of vinyl siding were blown off his home.

Emergency services says there is a half-mile section in that area with numerous trees down and minor structural damage to homes.
Firefighters are going door-to-door clearing debris.

Emergency officials say 50-60 homes have light to moderate damage in Lenoir County.

Other storm reports include three-quarter inch hail in Snow Hill.

Wilson County received a 9-1-1 call that a tree was down across Merck Road and Raleigh Road Parkway.

Hail was also reported in Wilson County. A tree was reported down on power lines on Kelly Road outside Kinston.

In Wayne County, there are reports of several snapped trees and a metal storage unit blown about 150 yards in Goldsboro. Hail was reported in several counties.

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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    I just rode down this road on the way home. I was telling myself that it didn't look like a tornado because the damage was too widespread.I'm glad to see I was right. There was one area where about 10 trees that were close together were all broken off.
  • by MsJones Location: nc on Jun 16, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    Hats off to to Lynn Everette, his workers as well as the volunteer fireman for helping out the community yesterday after the storm. Job well done.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Jun 15, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    Thank God there was no report of injuries!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    Since being a volunteer fireman in Lenoir County is considered skilled labor, I guess this story holds merit.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 15, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    I know the sky was looking mighty dark back that way while driving home from work.

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