Tornado Threat In Eastern Carolina Today

Several tornado warnings in Eastern Carolina this morning, and the severe weather isn't over yet. A tornado watch is in effect for most of Eastern North Carolina, meaning tornadoes, 1 inch hail, thunderstorms, dangerous lightning and wind gusts to 70 miles per hour are possible. The watch is until 3 p.m.

Stay tuned to WITN-7 for the latest.

Here's an update from other parts of our state:

Stormy weather that hammered the Deep South last night is pounding
portions of North Carolina this morning. It left thousands without power in Lincoln County and closed at least two schools in Columbus County.

The Charlotte Observer reports that a possible tornado struck in Iredell County. Two people were injured, one critically, near Statesville. The newspaper also says that in Lincoln County, authorities report trees are blocking many roads. A dispatcher at the Columbus County sheriff's office says a tornado touched down in the county this morning, but she couldn't provide any more details.

Several states were battered by the storms, which unleashed
tornadoes and straight-line winds that overturned mobile homes and
tractor-trailers, uprooted trees and knocked down power lines. At
least one person was killed and several injured.