Tornado, flood damage reported in Cumberland, Wilson and Sampson counties
Posted April 29
Updated April 30
Fayetteville, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory cut short a pre-scheduled stop in Fayetteville Tuesday afternoon to survey storm damage in the small Cumberland County town of Stedman after a tornado touched down in the area of John Nunnery Road and Ken Hancock Street.
Emergency officials received multiple reports of funnel clouds in Stedman at around 4 p.m.
No injuries were reported. County tax assessors and a building inspector were assessing storm damage on the 1300 and 1400 blocks of John Nunnery Road Tuesday evening.
Viewers submitted pictures showing damage to trailer homes, trees down on houses and roofs blown off homes.
Authorities advised residents to watch out for flash flooding Tuesday evening.
Fayetteville police were directing traffic around flooded lanes on Bragg Boulevard, Ramsey Street, Santa Fe Drive and Owen Drive Tuesday evening. Authorities advised motorists to avoid roadways prone to flooding: Washington Drive, Whitfield Street, Waterless Street and Robeson Street.
Water flooded the ground floors of seven buildings at Fayetteville State University, including one dorm. Some of those buildings may have water and air conditioning issues due to the heavy rain.
City officials opened a storm shelter at Smith Recreation Center, located at 1520 Slater St., for residents displaced by flash flooding on Washington and Robeson streets. There were 23 residents in the shelter Tuesday night.
Flooding was reported at Townsend and Rock Fish roads in Hope Mills. Fayetteville EMS received numerous calls about cars stuck in high water.
Widespread flash flooding was reported in Wilson and throughout Wilson County, said Gordon Deno, Wilson County emergency manager. There were no reports of injuries or structural damage as of Tuesday evening.
Viewers submitted photos of streets and front yards covered with water and golf ball-sized hail in Wilson.
Wilson County Schools will be closed on Wednesday, officials said.
Flooding remained an issue in some parts of eastern North Carolina Tuesday night. Flash flood warnings were in effect until 8:45 p.m. for Cumberland and Wilson counties and 9 p.m. for Edgecombe County.
Interstate 95 was flooded in both directions south of Dunn Tuesday night.
Sampson County deputies reported two hog farms on Church Road in Newton Grove were destroyed Tuesday night after a funnel cloud touched down.
Tornado watches remained in effect until 11 p.m. for 20 central and eastern North Carolina counties: Beaufort, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Pitt, Sampson, Wake, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.