Weather Service Confirms Edgecombe County Tornado

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The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado ripped up part of Edgecombe County Tuesday night.

The twister was on the ground for four miles in the Conetoe area, damaging several homes and buildings.

The Weather Service estimated winds from the tornado, which was classified as an EF0 storm, were 80 miles per hour.

Emergency Management Director Butch Beach says 10 to 12 homes were damaged in the county that night, with three or four with major damage.

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Neighbors in one community are pointing to the power of prayer, after they say what appeared to be a tornado damaged their homes and property Tuesday night.

People describe a tornado that was "jumping" as it twisted through. That likely explains why George Dickens home was spared the same fate of the barn in his back yard.

Twisted and snapped limbs also littered the yard around Dickens' home off Highway 64 alternate in Conetoe. Dickens says it's as if the tornado jumped over his home.

About 5 miles away on Mooring Road, Robert Branch's mobile home came under attack.

"I went to the back and it started tearing the roof off the back," Branch told WITN. "I was in the middle of the hall and my bathroom was there and I needed to get somewhere safe. I just jumped in the bathtub and held on. It took the roof off the bathroom and I just held it out and hold on tight!"

Edgecombe County Emergency Management estimates 12 homes were damaged Tuesday night. The National Weather Service is investigating if it was a tornado and what category.
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The National Weather Service is expected in Conetoe today to confirm whether tornadoes caused last night's damage.

Residents reported a tornado around 5:30 p.m. in that part of Edgecombe County.

Emergency Management Director Butch Beach says 10 to 12 homes were damaged in the county, with three or four with major damage.

Several roads were also closed due to high water.

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