Pink Hill tornado survivors discuss damage


PINK HILL, Lenoir County - When any kind of disaster strikes, it can be scary, especially if you're not prepared. Around 7:20 Friday night the National Weather Service confirms that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Lenoir County, near the border of Jones County. It had wind speeds between 85 and 95 miles per hour.

"I'm standing at the back door and I told her to get on in the house and a few minutes, it hit," said Clifton Harper, who has severe damage to two of his barns next to the house where he resides off Snags Path Road.

Harper said that he did not expect as much damage as what was left and will wait for insurance to evaluate, before he touches anything.

But Harper wasn't the only one impacted.

The tornado also touched down about half a mile away off Turner Farm Road.

"My mom was giving me a science lesson because I'm homeschooled on Wall clouds and I told her there was a tornado right there," said Alexi Casias who ran for shelter with her mom. She said the tornado freaked her out.

Tommie Turner owns property that was damaged off Turner Farm Road, but not to the degree of Harper's property.

Turner says that he plans to rebuild himself and that for him, its just another project.

If you do find yourself in a tornado, the National Weather Service advises to seek shelter in a room without windows and to not forget about any pets.