GATES COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — The Gates County Sheriff’s Office says parts of the county were hit hard by storms that passed through Thursday afternoon.
Eure and Gatesville were hit the hardest. There were large pine trees down, some downed power lines and damage to residential roofs.
Crews are working to restore power, the sheriff’s office said Thursday night.
Gates County Emergency Management said there were 1,600 without power as of around 9 p.m. There were more than 23 reports of damage.
10 On Your Side’s Kara Dixon spoke with emergency coordinator Billy Winn, who says they believe the damage was caused either by a tornado that did not touch down or straight line winds.
Homes, agricultural buildings, and trees were part of the reported damage, according to Winn. He says they’re lucky no one was injured.
“It could’ve been way worse. We were very fortunate. There were some communities in the western part of the state that had injuries and worse than we had. The weather’s not over for tonight,” he said.
While no one was injured in Thursday’s storms in the Gates County area, officials say some homes were damaged enough that those residents will need alternative housing.
Sheriff Ray Campbell told 10 On Your Side that Gates County Schools would be running on a two-hour delay Friday.
Officials from emergency services will be out on Friday surveying the damage. Winn says the National Weather Service will be doing the same.
NOTE: Viewer video courtesy Lisa Shaw.