UPDATE: Two Children, Mom Home When Duplin County Tornado Struck

By: April Davis / Carly Swain
By: April Davis / Carly Swain

A man just outside of Rose Hill in Duplin County said his wife and two young children were home when their house was hit by a tornado Thursday afternoon.

April Davis spoke with a man who said he rents the green house along U.S. 117 in Duplin County, which is pictured in this story. He said his wife, two-year-old, and 10-year-old were all home as the tornado ripped across the highway around 4:15 p.m.

The family stayed at a Red Cross shelter for the night.

The current renters said the home owner did not have enough insurance to cover the damage. However, they will work to repair the house because they want to stay.

At a home across the street, one man was safe inside as a large tree cracked and fell on his front lawn. That man's brother said they did not have insurance on their home.

No one was hurt as the twister swept across the highway, near Rosemary Road.

The third home damaged in the Thursday storm had minor roof repairs to make.

Steve Keen, a staff member with the Governor's office, was in Duplin County Friday morning to take a look at the damage. He request the Department of Transportation come out to clear debris off the highway.

A surveyor with the National Weather Service is expected to be on site sometime on Friday.


PREVIOUS STORY:

Three homes were damaged by a tornado Thursday afternoon in Duplin County, according to the National Weather Service.

It happened during a tornado warning for the county around 4:00 p.m. near the intersection of Rosemary Road and U.S. 117 outside of Rose Hill.

Duplin County Emergency Services Director Reid Sutherland says three houses were damaged. Sutherland says two children and two adults are staying in a Red Cross shelter in Pender County after their home was hit.

The two other homes received minor to moderate damage, according to officials. There were no reports of any injuries.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado did touch down.

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Previous story:

Two homes were damaged by a possible tornado this afternoon in Duplin County, according to the National Weather Service.

It happened during a tornado warning for the county around 4:00 p.m. near the intersection of Rosemary Road and U.S. 117 outside of Rose Hill.

There were no reports of any injuries.


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