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.

You can also tune into WITN's 24/7 weather channel. You can watch it on, as well as over the air on 7.2, on Suddenlink Digital Cable Channel 167 and Time Warner Digital Cable on Channel 931. And don't forget to download First Alert Weather for Your Desktop, absolutely free! Just go to the top of homepage and click on the icon.

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  • by Tina Location: Gville on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    I emailed you last night but saw this and thought I'd say again Thank you SOOO much for your continued coverage last night. I am deathly afraid of Tornadoes especially at night when you can't see and was so relieved to see ya'll on constantly till the threat was over updating me on what was going on not only in my town but in the town of my parents and my in-laws. I am so happy to see the dedication you had over the other TV Stations to ensure you gave us UP-To-Date Weather information when we needed it. You can definitely say that you gave the public a great service by being there and showing us what was going on and helping to protect us from harms way. Thank you again for being there and telling us what was going on.
  • by james Location: washington on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    just wanted to say thanks, you guys done a wonderful job last night, staying on air and keeping the viewing public informed, i surfed from channel to channel within the local stations and witn was the only station showing up to the minute live reports 9 and 12 only had the scrolling warnings thanks again keep up the good work
  • by New Bern thanks you on Mar 5, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    Yes, thank you! New Bern tv or newspaper never covers anything. So thank you again!
  • by thanks Location: winterville on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    thanks to marvin and jamie for their great work last night. and to all the others who may have helped cover the storms. hope everyone faired well.
  • by Ashley Location: Chocowinity on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    Thank you for the information last night. My power went out right after the tornado warning in Beaufort County, so I headed straight to my closet...and fell asleep hehe
  • by Kim Location: Jamesville on Mar 5, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    I would like to say "Thank you" for myself and all of your viewers for giving us your dedication for our safety during these severe storms. We can trust you to be there for us when no one else will. Thanks again!!
  • by linda Location: chowan county on Mar 5, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    Either it wasn't all that bad here or I slept through another storm??? I notice it did rain overnight. Hope everyone stayed safe and dry.
  • by Erica Location: Greenville on Mar 5, 2008 at 04:40 AM
    Thank you guys so much for staying on the air last night. It really helped to calm my nerves when I was able to see just what happening in Greenville and anticipate the next line. You guys did a great job. I was tuned in from 11pm until you went off the air some time after 1:00am.
  • by tammie Location: pinetown on Mar 4, 2008 at 10:45 PM
    strong winds now-rocking my mobile home--with heavy rain
  • by rainy night Location: greenville,nc on Mar 4, 2008 at 10:19 PM
    I'm sure i speak for everyone tonight I'm so glad you guys stayed on the air.I hope everyone continues to be safe and be alert these storms are unusal for night.Thanks Marvin and Jamie we know your tired but thanks!
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