The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes struck Pasquotank and Perquimans counties on Friday, and Chowan County officials say the Weather Service has also confirmed tornadoes struck there as well.
Damage Assessment Teams have conducted preliminary assessments in Pasquotank County and early reports indicate that 13 homes have been destroyed and 17 have sustained major damage, with multiple other homes sustaining significant damage.
Three tornadoes touched down from near Chapanoke to Elizabeth City.
Storm surveys from the Weather Service confirmed three distinct tornado tracks extending from Perquimans County to Pasquotank County. The first was determined to be an EF2 with wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph. It traveled from Macedonia to just northeast of Elizabeth City. Areas inside the 32 mile long tornado path include the Chapanoke and Mount Hermon areas just north of Highway 17. The path's widest point measured 1/4 mile.
A second EF2 tornado traveled 40 miles from just southeast of Edenton to near Elizabeth City. At its widest the path was 1/4 wide.
This tornado tracked northeast from near Yeopim Road in southern Chowan Countyand remained south of Highway 17, as it crossed Burnt Mill Road in Perquimans County and Halls creek Road in southern Pasquotank County.
The tornado continued northeast and weakened to an EF1 as it crossed into Elizabeth City near Peartree Road.
Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed within the damage
A third tornado ruled an EF1 touched down south of the second tornado and paralleled a section of Nixonton Road and Body Road. It traveled for six miles and was 1/4 mile wide at its largest point.
Chowan County officials say the National Weather Service in Wakefield has also confirmed damage in their county was a result of tornadoes that have not yet been categorized.
The two communities that experienced the most damage in the county are the Thick Neck and Macedonia communities. County officials will release a more detailed damage report on Sunday.
The Red Cross is providing shelter in partnership with county officials at the following locations:
Perquimans County - Perquimans County Senior Center
1072 Harvey Point Road
Hertford, NC 27944
Beaufort County – SnowdBranch Church of God
3283 Voa Rd,
Washington, NC 27889