Greenville Residents Clean Up From Friday's "Tornado"

Several people in Greenville are working to clean up the mess left by a powerful storm Friday about 6 p.m.

It's not official yet, but numerous people and law enforcement say it was a tornado that touched down near FIretower Road in Greenville, damaging homes, knocking down trees and downing power lines.

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Houses were damaged. One man says he has glass in his yard. Another viewer said her husband had to pull over on Firetower Road because of the twister.

A man who lives in the Wimbledon Apartment complex said he saw the tornado form on the south side of Firetower Road. He said it started to swirl and debris started flying. He also said he heard the "train sound" and saw lightning. He said the twister then appeared to dissipate on the north side of Firetower Road.

Power lines were downed on Firetower Road.

A man driving down Firetower called the newsroom and said he saw trees down and shingles and other debris ripped off houses.

Damage is also reported in Greene County, at a home in Hookerton on Dixon Farm Road. See related story.

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  • by A Location: Winterville on Mar 31, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    I read previous comments and yes it was a small tornado; however, it did do some damage. I just want to thank Caremaster and everyone else who came to our homes so quickly and boarded up windows, patched rooves and helped clean everything up. You have made this process so much less stressful. Thank you
  • by Dave on Mar 30, 2009 at 03:46 PM
    I can't believe the National Guard wasn't called in to assist.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 30, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    I am amazed to see how ignorant people are to argue about a tornado. It was a tornado people. yes we live in Greenville and no, we don't see them touch down thatoften here, so YES it IS a BIG DEAL to us. It is ALSO NOT a competition as to who SAW it or who was on Evans or who was feeling the wind, so what. Its not something to be excited about, thats for sure. People are lucky that it didn't do more damage. Get over yourselves and keep your tails in the house instead of ON THE ROAD when there is bad weather.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 30, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    It would have been nice to have MORE news coverage on this being it was so close to home. I had a HARD TIME finding anything on it on ANY news channel.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Mar 30, 2009 at 03:54 AM
    (Posted by: Tina Location: Greenville on Mar 29, 2009 at 10:34 AM Mike your comment is racist and I'm shocked that WITN posted it.) I suppose you could consider that a racist comment if you believe sitting back living off the taxpayer without ever lifting a finger to help yourself or better your losition in life is confined to one particular race or another. Your accusations of racism only perpetuate it. Why not actually do something to destroy a stereotype other than point fingers?
  • by me Location: Gville on Mar 30, 2009 at 03:01 AM
    "Posted by: Tina Location: Greenville on Mar 29, 2009 at 10:34 AM Mike your comment is racist and I'm shocked that WITN posted it." I don't see anything racist in that comment. It's the general truth. If the truth hurts then you must just deal with it.
  • by Jeff Location: Greenville on Mar 29, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    Mike. I know where you're coming from. A lot of people sit back and wait for a handout. In Greenville, people worked quickly to clean up. Hopefully the affected people can get back on their feet. The damage was pretty significant on some homes. It's pretty bad when you don't expect it.
  • by YOU Location: GVILLE on Mar 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    Dave people all over the world is Dramatic!!
  • by Tina Location: Greenville on Mar 29, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    Mike your comment is racist and I'm shocked that WITN posted it.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Mar 29, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    Compliments to the residents of Greenville, out picking up the pieces and cleaning up. Greenville is so unlike New Orleans where the people sit on the porch and wait for their check while wondering when someone is going to come clean theirs up.

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