Tornado Damages Wayne County Home

Posted April 12, 2008 9:39 p.m. EDT
Updated April 13, 2008 9:41 a.m. EDT

— A tornado spawned from severe weather that moved through the state Saturday afternoon ripped the roof off a mobile home and caused down trees in Wayne County.

Richard Clark said he was with his wife and 5-year old son inside their mobile home in the Oakland community on Princeton Road when the storm hit.

“It was just like a big roar, cracking. You can imagine when the boards are snapping and breaking and everything,” Clark said.

Clark said his son first noticed the roof was starting to come off of the home. When he looked up, Clark said he saw the roof going across the front yard. The family took cover in a walk-in closet.

"I said a little prayer, not much else you can do,” Clark said.

The National Weather Service described the tornado as an F-0, which has winds around 75 mph.

When the storm was over, the family found the back of the home and the roof in the pool. The ceiling stayed in tact, but water was leaking in.

Clark works for a company that distributes beer. The company’s owner sent over a truck to help Clark and his family pack up everything they own. They plan to stay with family and friends. The Red Cross has also offered to help them.

“All things considered, we’ll be alright…All things happen for a reason,” Clark said.

Other damage in the area included a mobile home that was picked up and thrown about 20 feet in another mobile home. Both homes were unoccupied at the time.

Downed trees were reported at the intersection of Belfast and Highway 117 near Goldsboro and at Williams Road and Highway 581 near Rosewood.

No injuries were reported.