Possible tornado hits part of Rocky Mount and areas north


WHITAKERS, N.C. (WNCN) — Nash and Edgecombe counties were not spared from the storms that hit central North Carolina Friday.

A tornado caused damage to an area near Whitakers, which straddles the Nash/Edgecombe line, according to Nash-Martin Electric Membership Cooperative.

Other damage was seen near Enfield and in Rocky Mount, where trees fell on power lines, causing outages. 

In photos from the area, at least one home had a tree fall on it and another had its roof ripped off.

The town of Whitakers had several trees down and trees were down across N.C. 33, according to Edgecombe-Martin Electric Membership Cooperative.

According to damage reports, the tornado appeared to start in the Goldrock area of Rocky Mount near Thomas A Betts Parkway and then headed north near the Nash-Edgecombe line just west of Whitakers and Enfield, where damage was also reported.

Friday night, between 200 and 500 customers were still without power in an area just north of Rocky Mount. Other scattered outages were in Edgecombe County.

A tornado warning was issued at 6:10 p.m. after a storm capable of producing a tornado was seen near Dortches, or near Rocky Mount, moving north at 70 mph.

The warning was for Northeastern Nash, northwestern Edgecombe and central Halifax counties.

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