Weak tornado touched down in Atlantic Beach this morning

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CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A weak tornado touched down early this morning along the Crystal Coast.

The National Weather Service says tornado damage was found in eastern Atlantic Beach and along the Morehead City waterfront.

Early estimates are that this tornado was a weak EF 1, with winds between 85 and 90 miles per hour. It touched down around 4:45 a.m.

Several thousand customers of Duke Energy were without power after the tornado snapped a couple of utility poles in Atlantic Beach. Elsewhere a couple of storage buildings were destroyed.


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A tornado watch remains in effect until 8 a.m. for Dare and Hyde counties.

This includes areas along the coast from Oregon Inlet to Cape Hatteras.



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A tornado warning has been issued for eastern Dare County until 7:15 a.m.



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A tornado watch has been for Hyde and Dare Counties until 8 a.m.

This includes the cities of Buxton, Engelhard, Fairfield, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head, Ocracoke, Rodanthe, Scranton, Stumpy Point and Swanquarter.



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A tornado warning has been issued for southeastern Hyde County until 6:30 a.m.

At 6:10 a.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Ocracoke Lighthouse, or 18 miles east of Cedar Island, moving northeast at 35 mph.

The National Weather Service reports that flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

Take cover now! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a
mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter
and protect yourself from flying debris.

A tornado watch is in effect for Dare County until 8 a.m.



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A tornado warning has been re-issued for central Carteret County until 5:45 a.m.

At 5:08 am, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Davis, or 8 miles northeast of Harkers Island, moving northeast at 45 mph.

Take cover now! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter
and protect yourself from flying debris.

Tornadoes are extremely difficult to see and confirm at night. Do not
wait to see or hear the tornado.

A tornado watch remains in effect. in Carteret, Dare, Hyde and Pamlico Counties until 8 a.m.

Meteorologist Jim Howard will be live on-air until the warning expires.



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A tornado warning has been issued for Carteret and Onslow counties until 5:00 am Tuesday. At 4:10 am a line of severe storms capable of producing a tornado was moving across western Carteret and coastal Onslow counties. The storms were moving northeast at 40 mph. The storms will move across all communities along coastal Onslow and Carteret counties beween 4:15 and 5:00 pm. All residents should stay indoors until the storm has passed.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 4:45 am for Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington & Pamlico and counties. A line of strong to severe storms will move through the warned counties from 4:15 to 4:45 am. Wind gust up to 60 mph as well 1/4" hailstones will be possible with the storms.

A tornado watch has been issued for Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties until 8:00 am Tuesday.

Strong to isolated severe thunderstorms will move from west to east through eastern Carolina from 3am to 8am this morning. The storms will bring locally heavy downpours, strong gusty winds and the chance for an isolated tornado as they move through early this morning.

Stay tuned to WITN and WITN.COM for the latest updates.