Tornado Damages Hospital, Community College In Morehead City

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There is a lot of cleaning up to do in Morehead City after a tornado swept through Tuesday night.

Carteret Community College said it suffered extensive damage and cancelled classes Wednesday. One student was hit with flying debris but wasn't seriously injured, according to officials.

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a tornado caused the damage. They say it was a strong EF-0, or a weak EF-1 twister.

The college’s student center, the Historic Camp Glenn Building was damaged. Part of the roof of the building used for the college’s Basic Law Enforcement Training blew off.

“We took quite a hit,” said Joe Rufra, director of Basic Law Enforcement Training at the college. “We have live power lines down, windows broken, and lots of tree damage. But we are thankful it wasn’t worse.”

“Right now we are closing the campus to only essential workers involved in recovery and clean up,” said Dr. Kerry Youngblood, president of the college. “Safety is our main concern. There’s a lot of debris and some power lines are down.”

Carteret County Manager Russell Overman says there is minor damage to the hospital and civic center.

Carteret General Hospital says it is fully functioning and has not diverted any patients overnight. The hospital says it mobilized emergency internal disaster team, saying the qualified as internal and external disaster.

The hospital is still running on generator power but are hopeful power will be restored.

As of 4 a.m., Progress Duke Energy reported four outages in Morehead City with 275 people affected. The power is estimated to come back on around 1 p.m.

Multiple trees and power lines were knocked down on Arendell St. in the storm. Police have blocked off Bridges and 35th Streets as crews work to restore power lines.