Tornado Touched Down Tuesday In Martin County

By: Bob Trihy
By: Bob Trihy

The National Weather Service confirmed there was a tornado near Williamston in Martin County Tuesday about 2:15 pm. It was an EF-0 tornado with estimated maximum wind speeds of 70 mph. There are no reports of injuries, but some reports of minor damage.

There were numerous reports of a funnel cloud in the Williamston area. Based on pictures showing the funnel very near the ground and a small amount of damage along Garrett Road just southwest of town, the National Weather Service can confirm a very brief tornado touch down around 2:15 pm this afternoon.

The tornado produced very localized damage with a house sustaining some very minor shingle loss and siding damage. A carport was also destroyed.

The width of the tornado was likely around 50 yards with a path length on the order of 100 to 200 yards. Additional investigation and interviews will be needed to confirm those measurements.

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Storm and showers are rolling through Eastern Carolina Tuesday.

While some storms prompted a few thunderstorm warnings in the northeastern counties, no damage has been reported.

A possible funnel cloud was spotted near Martin Community College shortly before 2:30 p.m., but there have been no reports of any damage.

Showers and thunderstorms will continue to move across the east for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Stay tuned to WITN-TV and WITN.com for the latest.


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  • by william Location: williamston on May 8, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    you guys are paying 8 dollars for a gallon of water {dasani} that you can get out of your faucet for 2 cents and you're crying about 4 dollar gas. what a world.
  • by someone Location: William,ston on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    I was on Garrett rd at 2:15, but i never saw the tornado touch down, but i did c a Funnel Cloud. It was 2-3 hours later where there was a power line down.
  • by marin county resident Location: williamston on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    To the smart person that questioned if it weas a TORNADO and questioned the picture.The NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE confirmed it was a F-0 Tornado and the picture is very similar to the ones that were taken by numerous people with cell phones.So why don't you go tend to Obama since you are in DC we can do without you in Martin County.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    I was there and saw the rotation.
  • by Anonymous Location: windsor on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:04 AM
    It really scares me that no rotation was detected on the radar and that could have been really bad. We were not even under a watch.At least with the last storm we were warned for a week.
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      by Lori on Apr 27, 2011 at 03:50 AM in reply to
      I had one out in front of my house and took some pics. It was right across the street from me and I for one am glad it didn't touch down although it sure tried. The storm was weak here but conditions seemed to be right. I had all the doors and windows open enjoying the rain so we would have been in a bad path for sure.
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      by Spotter on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:38 AM in reply to
      There was rotation on Doppler yesterday... Obviously I was the only one tracking it though because noone reported on the rotation yesterday... Probably because it was to small on Doppler.
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      by Nisey on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:54 AM in reply to
      That sounds really scarey to know that there was no warning or anything to even watch for one! I am glad no one was killed or hurt and that it was not really bad like the last one you all just had!
  • by Witness Location: Robersonville NC on Apr 26, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    I was in in Willimaston (martin County)coming out of Piggly Wiggly and I for one witnessed the formation of and drop of the tornado in question.It never touched the ground from where we were able to see. After a few seconds the tornado had retracked itself and disappeared. Thank GOD it did not complete its path and touch down bc a lot of people would have been caught off guard. For the person from DC. You can only speak on behalf of DC area and its weather. U never know when a tornado may spin and form out of a storm.
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Apr 26, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    There was a funnel cloud over Williamston this afternoon. Started to form, but not sure if it touched down anywhere.
  • by Really? Location: DC on Apr 26, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    Now, why are you going to show a picture of a storm with a "scud" or funnel cloud when these storms are clearly non-tornadic super cells at best. Biggest threat is straight line winds and hail, no tornadoes with these. With everyone there still on edge about tornadoes, I expect better from you guys.
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      by smarterthanu on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:56 PM in reply to Really?
      A lot you know. The National Weather Service has confirmed that this WAS a tornado.
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        by Seriously on Apr 27, 2011 at 04:07 AM in reply to smarterthanu
        Learn how to spell you and you might be taken seriously.
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          by Really? on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:03 AM in reply to Seriously
          Where was my misspelling?
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        by Really? on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:03 AM in reply to smarterthanu
        Actually, I know a lot more than you so yeah. Did you read the story, the "tornado" was 100-200 yards long and took off some shingles? Could easily be confused with straight line winds. Whats funny is that if you to to the Storm Prediction Center website and look at the storm reports from yesterday, there was a WIND report from Martin County, but no tornadoes.
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          by Someone in Stanley's Quick Mart at time on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to Really?
          Really? You are wrong dude. I was within a half of a mile and saw the thing happen. Also a friend of my grandpa's who lives on the Garrett Road (in case if you don't know much about Williamston, it's on the southwest side of town just outside of city limits). This man and his wife were fearing for their lives and their house after they saw the tornado within 200 yards of their home. That was truely a tornado. If it was just a scud, then there would have not been any damage.
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          by Bertie on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to Really?
          Too bad you were in DC and can't vouch for what was actually seen by the human eye. Plenty of people saw the tornado first-hand!
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          by Really? on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:43 AM in reply to Really?
          Ugh, I wish I was there! Well these storms typically won't produce tornadoes, at least long track ones like yall saw a few weeks ago. Just glad to see that not much damage occurred. Also, if you guys DO see a tornado, call it in! Storm reports are very important for research and development of better ways to study and warn all different types of storms. As I noted, there was no "tornado report" issued to the National Weather Service (as noted on the Storm Prediction Center listing of storm reports)...only a report of wind damage.
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          by MCC Student on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to Really?
          Stop mouthing about how smart you are . Yes, there was a tornado in Williamston. There isn't a soul here in Williamston who cares what you expect of us. We don't owe you an explanation for anything or have to answer to you.
  • by Julie Location: Jamesville on Apr 26, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    People are saying a tornado touched down in Williamston. Do you have any confirmation of this?
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