Tornado plows through Carteret County town

Posted May 30, 2012
Updated May 31, 2012

— A tornado plowed through the town of Peletier in Carteret County Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

It touched down before noon in the southwest section of town near Little Kinston Road.

Tanner Tolston said he was at home when the twister charged toward his house.  Carteret COunty tornado Storms damage houses in Carteret County

"If it had gone 30 feet to the right, it would have hit the house. The house would be laying on the ground and we would be laying with it," he said.

A portion of his roof was peeled off by the tornadic winds.

The National Weather Service said the strong EF1 tornado, with maximum winds of 110 mph, was spawned by Tropical Depression Beryl as it trudged along the North Carolina coast Wednesday.

About 70 homes were damaged by the cyclone and at least five were destroyed, according to the state Department of Emergency Management. 

In some areas, the ground was littered with limbs, downed trees, power lines and utility poles. Debris also washed into the nearby White Oak River.

The Red Cross Disaster Action Team is going door to door to meet with each affected family and plans to serve dinner for about 200 family members and emergency response personnel Wednesday night. Beryl-spawned tornado hits Carteret County Beryl-spawned tornado hits Carteret County

No injuries were reported.

In central North Carolina, the back edge of Beryl brought heavy rains in many areas, but began moving out of the Triangle by early afternoon, clearing the way for sunny skies and drier conditions.

At the Outer Banks, however, many areas saw flash floods, rough surf and swirling sands as rain and winds whipped through the coastal counties. On Thursday, sunny conditions should return to the coast as high temperatures climb into the mid to upper 80s.


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  • shortcake53 May 31, 2012

    My heart goes out to all who were hit. We are still reeling from the April one that hit us. Best of luck to everyone putting the pieces back together.

  • pinball wizard May 31, 2012

    That tornado charged a house. Glad it did not bite.

  • TarHeel4Real May 31, 2012

    Now tornado watches and warnings, either. The peopel were caught off guard. Of course, there is always a chance of tornadoes with tropical systems. It's just odd that lately it seems we get nothing really bad when we have watches, but then this comes with no watch at all. It's better to be safe than sorry. I just hope people don't start to tune out when we do have a watch because they don't think the weather folks can be dependable.

  • neillevine May 30, 2012

    Now it is tornadoes

  • Plum Tuckered May 30, 2012

    THANK YOU, Red Cross, for immediate response to those in need.

  • working for deadbeats May 30, 2012

    Glad nobody was injured.