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Confirmed Tornado Hit Wilson County Saturday

The National Weather Service confirms an EF1 tornado struck a Wilson County neighborhood Saturday evening.

Four homes were damaged by the twister which hit Stantonsburg at 5:09 p.m. Meteorologists who surveyed the damage today estimated its winds at 105 miles per hour.

They say the tornado was on the ground for about a quarter of a mile and had a 30-yard wide path.

No one was was injured by the tornado.


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Six people are left homeless after storms ripped through their neighborhood Saturday leaving major damage in it's wake.

Residents of Stantonsburg in Wilson County believe it's possibly the result of a tornado, but that has not yet been confirmed by the National Weather Service.

Four houses on A B Avenue were severely damaged. One home was ripped off its foundation. A carport roof was destroyed at another home. Vehicles were damaged, along with downed trees, and broken windows.

Quinton Lofton and his four year old daughter Jayda were home at the time and say they hid in a bathroom inside while wind from the storm destroyed their home.

Lofton told WITN, "It was a horrifying experience, very horrifying. She was screaming because you know, we're not used to tornadoes and stuff like that."

Luckily no one was injured. The National Weather Service is expected to be out Monday to look into if it was a tornado that touched down.

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The National Weather Service says there was a report of damage in Wilson County after storms rolled through the area Saturday afternoon.

According to the NWS a resident states that he saw a funnel cloud lower and touch down in Stantonsburg. The resident said an attached carport was blown off a home and a tree blown down.

At this time there has been no official confirmation of a tornado in the area. There was a tornado warning earlier in the afternoon, but that has since expired.


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