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Published on : Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The tornado which just passed through parts of the USA has wreaked enough havoc. In some more bad news forthcoming a team from the National Weather Service confirmed on Wednesday that an EF-2 tornado, which packs winds between 111 and 135 mph, struck the southeastern portion of the North Carolina coast late Tuesday. According to forecasters who issued preliminary storm reports Wednesday morning, the tornado caused damage at the Ocean Sands Condominiums on N.C. Highway 58 in Atlantic Beach.
Atlantic Beach officials say two people suffered minor injuries when the roof blew off their condominium. Two of the four buildings in the complex were damaged, manager Robert Allsbrook said. As many as 15 people were in the condos when the storm hit, and the condos had major structural damage on the ocean side.
Severe weather pummeled parts of the coast Tuesday evening, knocking out power to thousands and causing damage from Atlantic Beach to Morehead City.
A tornado watch in the area expired at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The Island Beach and Racquet Club nearby also had damage. Police said power was out from Charlotte Avenue to Lee Drive, and there were reports of damage between Morehead City and Atlantic Beach.
A student at Carteret Community College in Morehead City was struck by debris but was not seriously injured.
The school canceled classes Wednesday because of the damage and said classes would resume Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Minor damage was reported at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. The hospital was fully functional had not diverted any patients. The hospital said it mobilized its emergency disaster team.
The Crystal Coast Civic Center suffered window damage.
Trees and power lines are down in the area. More than 1,000 people in Atlantic Beach lost power in the storm. Most have had their electricity restored.
At one time, Duke Energy Progress reported about 6,000 customers without service in Carteret County. At least 500 customers were still without service Wednesday morning.
Atlantic Beach Fire chief Adam Snyder said the damage is the worst he’s seen in his 16 years in the area. The National Weather Service has a gale warning in effect until 7 p.m. and a wind advisory in effect until 11 a.m.