Storms Roll Across Eastern Carolina

At one point early Wednesday morning, nearly all counties in Eastern Carolina were under a severe thunderstorm warning, as tornado warnings were also issued in several areas.

The storm system that swept across our area toppled trees into yards, roads, power lines and structures. Downed trees were reported in Onslow, Nash, Halifax, Greene, Wayne and Duplin counties.

The storm system caused damage in other parts of the state and beyond earlier Tuesday. In western North Carolina, trees were uprooted, some power lines downed and a few small structures damaged, but there are no reports of serious damage.

There have also been reports of wind damage including downed trees and powerlines and overturned cars in parts of Upstate South Carolina.

Up to 5 inches of rain fell in the southwest corner of the state as the front moved through.

Early Tuesday, some cities in Eastern Carolina advised residents to take precautions. Havelock issued an advisory telling residents to secure lawn furniture, trash cans, lawn ornaments, hanging plants and decorations outside. Trampolines can also become airborne and be very dangerous in high winds.

When severe weather strikes, stay tuned to WITN-TV and for the latest from Advanced VIPIR. Chief Meteorologist Marvin Daugherty and meteorologists Jim Howard, Jamie Arnold and Kristen Connolly work around the clock to give you the latest information and any warnings.

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