Tornadoes Confirmed In Wilson, Greene Counties

The National Weather Service says weak tornadoes touched down Sunday evening in two Eastern Carolina counties.

According to storm damage reports, two people spotted a tornado around 6:15 p.m. in Wilson County. One person near Stantonsburg reported a funnel cloud, and farm equipment that was moved about 30 feet. There was also damage to shingles on a roof. Another report of a tornado was made closer to Wilson.

Ryan Ellis with the NWS office in Raleigh says an EF-0 touched down south of Stantonsburg, off of Highway 58 in a field. Winds were estimated below 80 miles per hour.

In Greene County, a damage report came in from Walstonburg. A roof blew off of a pack house on Pope Farm Rd and siding ripped off of a nearby home. The NWS says a weak EF-0 tornado touched down there as well with winds around 70 miles an hour.

A tornado has also been confirmed by the National Weather Service in the Wake County town of Rolesville. At least one man was hurt when a power line hit the roof of his home, starting a fire there. Eighty-six-year-old Cecil Bell of Rolesville was in fair condition at WakeMed Hospital, where he was being treated for smoke inhalation.

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  • by linda Location: stantonsburg on Mar 8, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    It was definitely a tornado because I saw it as it left the Pope Farm Road house and headed straight for our house. It just caught the corner of our house and did some damage, but not nearly what the Pope Farm Road residents received. I'm just glad they are OK. The National Weather Service surveyed our house and land and told us if it would have been 50 feet to the right, our house (a double-wide) would not be standing so even though they say it was a "weak" tornado, the damage can still be substantial.
  • by Jessica Location: Pope Farm Rd on Mar 7, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    a witch riding on a broom...WOW you really wanna joke about something like this. When a tornado comes by and wipes out your home and your family we shall see who is joking about a witch on a broom then. How can you even joke about something like this. I am just thankful that it was not a big tornado and that people were not injured.
  • by daniel Location: stantonsburg on Mar 7, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    CORRECTION: Pope Farm Rd Stantonsburg. NOT Walstonburg a barn and two houses were damaged, I know I Responed to that location
  • by Really? Location: DC on Mar 7, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    Thank you Chica for getting to this one. There are types of clouds that form that look like tornadoes that are actually not because a tornado is defined as a funnel making contact with the ground. But, people will still call in if they identify a "Scud" (look it up), thought it is not a tornado. I will admit, most of the time if someone sees a tornado they are right, but you have to be official for purposes of emergency funding, insurance, and other reasons. Can't just rely on Billy Bob sittin on the front porch watching a cow fly by saying that it is a tornado...
  • by Chica Location: ENC on Mar 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    To G: Tornado reports must be investigated by the National Weather Service before anything can be confirmed. They take in account a lot of things while investigating a possible tornado including witness description and the condition of the debris--a tornado's winds will often twist debris.
  • by re g on Mar 7, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    Job security!!! Someone getting paid big bucks has to say it was a tornado - what do us just regular folks know.
  • by G Location: ENC on Mar 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    When there are winds and tornadoes, often reliable people spot them and report them, but they are not publicly recognized as tornadoes until there is confirmation with law enforcement or NWS. I don't understand?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    I saw it too. And could have swore I saw an ole lady on a broomstick sucked up in it.....she was riding around and around screaming "I'm gonna get you my little pretty".
  • by Cliff Location: Altoona, AL on Mar 7, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    Hope Everyone's OK!!!
  • by Jessica Location: Pope Farm Rd on Mar 7, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    There was a funnel cloud on Pope Farm Rd. It was directly in front of our home and it was moving toward Wilson. It all happened so fast. There was roof damage to one of the houses before you get to Hwy 58.

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