The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado destroyed a man's mobile home early this morning outside of Columbia.
Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman says the tornado hit a mobile home park around 4 a.m. and moved one mobile home 50 yards from its foundation. One man was sent to the hospital.
Steven Spruill says he heard loud winds around 4:30 a.m. and the next thing he knew he was thrown everywhere. He received a broken shoulder from being tossed around.
The 30-year-old Spruill was able to crawl out of his home and didn't realize he was hurt until he got to his sister's home. "The ceiling was down on me, and the TV and bed mattress, I was pinned under it and somehow the Lord gave me the strength and I lifted everything up and I crawled out," Spruill told WITN.
The National Weather Service says it was a small tornado that briefly touched down. Because it was on the weaker side of tornadoes, the twister was very hard to detect the rotation on radar.
Sheriff Liverman says Spruill's home was the last one in a row of about eight in a mobile home park on Basnight Lane, about two and half miles south of Columbia. His home was the only one impacted. Amazingly, Sheriff Liverman says only one other home lost power.
There was also reports of wind damage around Chocowinity in Beaufort County. Emergency managers there are visiting the damage this morning.
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