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.
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.