Tornado downs power lines, topples trees south of Rocky Mount, NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A confirmed tornado touched down in Elm City in Wilson County Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Another possible tornado left behind damage in Sampson County

A tornado warning was issued for east central Nash, west central Edgecombe and north central Wilson counties at 6:58 a.m. Monday, lasting until 7:30 a.m.

At 7:14 a.m., a confirmed tornado was located over Elm City, about eight miles southwest of Rocky Mount, according to the NWS. The NWS cited local law enforcement as the source for the confirmation. The tornado was moving north at 15 mph.

The Tornado Warning said 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.”

A viewer called WAVY sister station WNCN CBS 17 to report that she saw the tail-end of the tornado pass by U.S. Route 301 in Rocky Mount. She reported seeing green clouds around the tornado and said that the wind was blowing sideways at her home. She told CBS 17 that the tornado did not touch down at her location.

Authorities told CBS 17 that the tornado uprooted large trees, took down power lines and damaged a number of old, historic homes. The power is out at most of the neighborhood near Frederick Douglass Elementary School also known as “Elm City Elementary.”

No injuries or fatalities were reported.

Damage was also left behind in Roseboro in Sampson County after a possible tornado hit the area.

CBS 17’s Derrick Lewis was on scene where a storage structure was torn apart and left on the side of the road.

A witness told CBS 17 that they’ve been through tornadoes before and what they heard sounded like a tornado. The NWS has not confirmed whether the damage in Roseboro was in fact caused by a tornado.

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