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State of Emergency declared after EF2, EF3 tornadoes hit ENC

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SNOW HILL, N.C. - North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has issued a state of emergency after tornadoes and severe weather struck eastern Carolina Friday afternoon and evening.

Today's declaration covers Beaufort, Chowan, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The state will now seek assistance from the U.S. government to meet the emergency needs and reimbursement for costs incurred by the state in responding to the emergency.

The National Weather Service issued numerous tornado warnings for Beaufort, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Martin, Pitt, and Wayne counties over the course of Friday afternoon and evening as two rounds of severe weather made their way through the area.

Over the weekend, the National Weather Service confirmed that a low end EF2 tornado affected Chicod in Pitt County. The same storm produced another tornado in the Chocowinity area which was rated as a moderate EF2 tornado. The storm strengthened as it pushed into the Whichards Beach area where EF3 damage was found.

More damage was reported in Pitt and Beaufort counties, where tornadoes reportedly touched down in the Chicod and Black Jack areas as well as the Chocowinity and Washington areas.

In Chicod, Voice of America employees reported that they watched a rope tornado touch down in the field at VOA Site B. They reported no damage. A separate report indicated two structures were damaged by wind. In Black Jack, a tornado was reported on the ground. At least two homes were destroyed on Black Jack Simpson Road.

In Chocowinity, trees were reported down and uprooted by rescue squad personnel. The police chief says no injuries have been reported. However, the town is without power and crews from Duke Energy are on site working to restore. There are reports of sheds in the middle of the road as well as other debris. Clean-up is expected to begin Saturday.

In Washington, golf ball size hail was reported on Summit Avenue while one inch hail was reported by a spotter about a 1/4 mile SW of the airport.

Most of the storms produced quarter size hail, up to golf ball size in some areas, and destructive straight line winds. Numerous 9 On Your Side viewers  reported hail and heavy winds to Storm Team 9 as well as funnel cloud and tornado sightings.

In any tornado, you should take cover and move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and avoid windows. If you’re in a mobile home or outdoors, you should move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

In Greenville, the Target on Evans Street was briefly locked down as the storm approached the area. At the Dogwood Festival in Farmville, about 1,000 people had to seek shelter as one of the storms passed through. All vendors were brought inside the Municipal Building. Damage assessments are underway. There have been no reports of injuries.

Other storm reports from across the region included:

Bertie County – A trained spotter reported trees and power lines down with a possible wall cloud.
Beaufort County - Near US 264 and Hwy 33, there were power lines down across the roads and trees down on houses. Emergency Management Director John Pack said 2 trailers were been blown over. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The public is urged to stay away from the areas.
Greene County – The Greene County fire chief reported tornado on the ground west of Castoria. Golf ball size hail was reported in Snow Hill. Quarter size hail was reported in Hookerton. A tree fell on a house on Shine Rd. Emergency Management said there were 10 homes with damage on Speight Ridge Road and Beamon Old Creek. Damage assessment is underway. Power outages are unknown at this time.
Halifax County – A roof  was reported off a house. There were damaged trees, a roof off of shed, all a result of possible tornado damage. The Fire Chief reported golf ball size hail in Halifax.
Lenoir County – Quarter size hail was reported along Dawson Station Road and Institute Road. 
Martin County – A spotter in Farmville reported nickel size hail.
Nash County – Penny to quarter size hail was reported near Sugar Hill Road near Mile Marker 127 on I-95. Pea to nickel size hail was reported in Dortches. 
Pitt County – A tornado was reported on the ground near Black Jack. Golf ball size hail was reported at DH Conley High School. Golf ball size hail was reported in Ayden. A tornado was reported 5 miles west of Greenville near Voice of America Radio Station. A spotter in Farmville reported dime and nickel size hail.
Pasquotank County - Reports of significant damage in and around Elizabeth City.
Wayne County – Nickel to quarter size hail was reported as well as quarter size hail near Pikeville.
Wilson County – Two trees were reported down near US 117 Alt and Yank Road and two trees were reported down near the intersection of Woodland Drive and Pineview Avenue.
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