WITN Takes An Inside Look At Storm Chasing


Fortunately here in Eastern Carolina, we didn't experience any tornadoes on Wednesday, but WITN had a crew out in the field tracking any storms that had the potential of escalating.

Reporter Dan Yesenosky was storm chasing throughout the day with Meteorologist Charlie Ironmonger. Their experience gives the rest of us an inside look at how the process works.

First stop was Pink Hill, where heavy rain and a severe thunderstorm went through. Dan and Charlie tracked that the system was moving east.

They came upon a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 118 between Grifton and Vanceboro. Vanceboro Fire Chief Stacey Lewis said three people were inside and that the injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.

Wednesday evening, WITN learned that the accident was weather related. The Highway Patrol said a mother and two young boys were in that SUV, which crossed the center line, hit a ditch, and went into an uncontrolled slip. They said the wet roads were a major factor in the crash, which sent the boys and mother to the hospital with minor injuries.

As for Dan and Charlie, they continued on their journey toward a storm moving along Highway 17.

Throughout the day, Charlie kept a close eye on the radar to make sure they were safe. Looking at radar also helps to indicate which way the storm's traveling.

To the relief of many, none of the storms on Wednesday escalated.

Along with the accident on Highway 118 (pictured above), troopers said there were at least 3 other crashes in the area that were weather related. Two of them happened on Highway 17 and the other occurred on Broad Creek Road near Pamlico County.


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