Stantonsburg, N.C. — The National Weather Service confirmed on Monday that the violent storm that swept the Wilson County community of Stantonsburg Saturday afternoon was an EF-1 tornado. Winds in the storm peaked at 105 mph, and the tornado was on the ground for about a quarter-mile.
Eastern Wilson and Edgecombe counties were under a tornado warning for about an hour Saturday afternoon as a line of fast-moving, severe thunderstorms marched east, leaving a swath of property damage.
No one was injured, but the storm blew apart resident Robert Watson's carport, garage and SUV and damaged his living room. "Just a couple of minutes and it was over with," he said.
Emergency personnel said the winds lifted a neighboring home off the foundation.
Earlier on Saturday, an outbreak of whipping winds prompted a short-lived tornado warning in Nash and Halifax counties.