Pre-Arthur Tornado Confirmed In Martin County

Forecasters with the National Weather Service said a tornado spun up along one of the rain bands which ushered in Hurricane Arthur on Thursday night.

On Sunday afternoon, the NWS confirmed the damage left behind about two miles northwest of Hamilton was caused by an EF-1 tornado.

According to forecasters, the tornado was about 100-meters wide, and hit the ground around 8:50 p.m. Thursday night. It spun for nearly a mile before it dissipated.

A firefighter reportedly spotted the twister.

While no one was hurt, reports indicate those 90 mile-per-hour winds snapped several large trees, including one that fell on a house. That tree caused nearly $26,000 in damages.

With the recent findings by the National Weather Service, that means two tornadoes hit the east on the tails of Hurricane Arthur.

On Thursday a Duplin County man told WITN his wife and two children were in their rental home along U.S. 117 near Rosemary Road, just outside of Rose Hill, when a tornado touched down around 4:15 that afternoon .

No one was injured in the Duplin County tornado, however two homes were damages and several tress were snapped.