Experts Weigh In On Eastern Carolina Tornado Activity

Whether it's an aerial view capturing the clear path of carnage or a closer look at the devastation, the equal parts awe and fear that tornadoes illicit is plain to see.

Several counties in the east have already experienced that wrath in April. Some even feel that tornadic activity in our region is increasing.

WITN Meteorologist Jim Howard has been serving Eastern Carolina for over a decade.

"It is not unusual to have severe weather in April and typically we do in Eastern Carolina," says Howard. "What is atypical is the number, and more importantly the intensity, of the tornadoes we've seen here."

John Elardo with the National Weather Service says North Carolina averages about 19 tornadoes a year. He says areas along and west of Highway 17 should pay particular attention.

"That's a good corridor for where a lot of the stronger tornadoes tend to occur," explains Elardo. "There's such a variability from year to year, so it's hard to say if we're entering a more active phase or not because we were so quiet last year."

With nine tornadoes already in the books for east of I-95, we could certainly be in for an above average season.

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