Storm Destroys Duplin County Business

Witnesses believe a tornado destroyed a Duplin County welding business Friday afternoon, but a National Weather Service employee, Brian Cullen, said he didn't see evidence of a tornado.

Cullen surveyed the damage at Reggie's Welding on Highway 403 in the Beautancus community torn apart by the early afternoon storm. Fortunately no one was injured.

Reggie Carter was down the road when the storm hit. " I was under the carport when it got so strong, it was just- I didn't see a dark cloud coming. I wasn't looking up at the sky so I don't know what it was," says Carter. "It was strong wind though to say the least."

His business was turned into bent steel beams, and peeled over cinder blocks. The front of the business caved in and bits of steel were carried a few hundred feet away into a nearby field.

Not far away power company crews spent most of the afternoon repairing damaged power lines that were left awkwardly leaning over the highway.

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Duplin County authorities say a tornado touched down in Beautancus.

Dispatchers says the tornado touched down near Highway 403 and Norwood Ezzell Road outside of Mount Olive. A welding business was destroyed by the storm. There are also reports of trees down, roadways blocked and there is also hail damage. So far no injuries have been reported.

Trees and power lines are also down on Sam Miller Road, just south of Warsaw.

There are multiple reports of storm damage coming in as a line of severe thunderstorms have moved through Eastern Carolina.

In Trenton there are reports that power has been lost to much of the Jones County town. Numerous trees are also down in that area blocking some roads.

Also in Jones County, golf ball size hail damaged several mobile homes and crops.

In Greene County there are reports of trees down on Beaman Old Creek Road with marble size hail, while power lines and trees are down on Sandpit Road.

In Wilson County trees are down in Stantonsburg, power lines have been reported down in the county, and the Water Treatment Plant was without power as of about 3:45 p.m.

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