National Weather Service: Microburst caused Beaufort County storm damage

Most of Eastern North Carolina will be seeing strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. (Nicole Griffin, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Newport just confirmed that it was a microburst, or straight-line winds, that caused storm damage in Beaufort County on Monday.

The National Weather Service survey team found a camper trailer destroyed at the Eagle's Nest Campground on Highway 17 near Wilmar. The camper moved between 20 and 25 feet from its original location due to the winds.

CLICK HERE to read the report from the NWS

The survey team also found several large branches down from nearby Bradford Pear trees, officials said.

Microburst damage was also discovered in Beaufort County near Chocowinity. The survey team found two trees uprooted and damage to a power pole. Winds reached between 60 and 70 mph.

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It was a stormy Monday across Eastern North Carolina.

Heavy rains and wind caused havoc in many parts of our area. In the Chocowinity area, near the Beaufort-Craven county line, a storm destroyed a camper where Shannon Caldwell was living with family, a dog and two cats. Below is a video from our 6 p.m. newscast of what happened. Above is Nicole Griffin's story from our 11 p.m. news.

Most of Eastern North Carolina will be seeing strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

NewsChannel 12 meteorologists are saying the main threats are damaging winds, frequent lightning, heavy downpours and hail.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for multiple counties throughout ENC.

There is also a Flood Advisory until 5 p.m. for Craven & Jones counties. Our meteorologists are saying 1-3 inches of rain have already fallen and an additional 1-3 inches of rain is expected for the area.

Locals are already reporting possible storm damage in the area. Photos taken by Will Grant at The Eagles Nest between Vanceboro and Washington on HWY 17 N show damage to campers and a trailer that he says was destroyed.

NewsChannel 12's Nicole Griffin is also at that address, where multiple emergency crews have responded, including Chocowinity EMS, Beaufort County Emergency Management and Chocowinity Fire Department. Neighbors say that the married couple who lived in the home are okay and are with the Red Cross, who is assisting.

No one was hurt in the damage because no one was home during the incident. Neighbors said the owners' pets went missing during the storm. Penny, a chocolate lab mix, made it home safely after a few hours. The black cat, though, remains to be seen.

Officials are saying that there have been multiple reports of damage across the area, including trees down. The National Weather Service is working to get a more accurate description of what specifically caused the damage in the area.

Stick with NewsChannel 12 for the latest updates.

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