Horses safe after tornado touchdown confirmed at NC coast

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PELETIER, N.C. (WNCT) – The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Carteret County.

The storm hit shortly after 1 a.m. Friday near the town of Peletier.

Winds reached an estimated 75 mph during the EF-0 rated tornado, the weather service reported.

A white fence, however, was severely damaged. A portion of the fence was ripped off and a section of it remained slanted.

Several horses kept in the fence at an equestrian center were found safe after the storm, the National Weather Service based in Newport/Morehead City said.

However, nearby, several tree limbs were scattered on West Fire Tower Road after a tree branch snapped.

The National Weather Service says the tornado was linked to the strong wind gusts and severe thunderstorms that moved through the region.

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