Pitt County Sheriff's Office reports damage from possible tornado

(Caty Whitehurst photo)

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office reports damage from a possible tornado Monday evening in an area of Hwy. 30.

The National Weather Service in Newport said reports came in that what looked to be a tornado hit the ground between Bethel and Stokes on Hwy. 30, near the intersection of Whitehurst Station Road. One building, a storage barn, appeared to have significant damage. Two other buildings suffered minor damage and power was knocked out in the area.

There were no injuries.

A Tornado Warning was issued for parts of Martin County until 8:30 p.m. The warning, which included Pitt County, has since been canceled for both counties. The National Weather Service has yet to formally declare a tornado has struck Pitt County and will send investigators out into the field to determine if that was indeed the case.

The NWS issued the tornado warning for the north central part of Pitt County and southwestern Martin County around 7:30 p.m. Monday. Officials at the NWS said a tornado producing storms was located along a line extending from 11 miles north of the Pitt-Greenville Airport to near Robersonville.

A flash flood warning that was issued for central Nash County and northwestern Edgecombe County has been canceled. That area reported heavy rains that created water on the roadways. However, there is no longer any flooding expected.

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