Early Morning Storms Level Homes & Trees In Rockingham County

Trees Down In Rockingham County

EDEN, NC -- Neighbors say they heard a loud whistling noise and big booms minutes before a tornado blew through the area causing extensive damage to the Central area of Eden.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit Eden Friday morning. It was an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 110 MPH with a 3.3-mile path that was 375 yards wide. The NWS says the tornado lasted six minutes and started at 3:12 a.m. There were no injuries and no fatalities. 

Eden Mayor Wayne Tuggle declared a State of Emergency for the town in a news conference Friday afternoon.

'It looks like a bomb went off in some of these areas," Tuggle said. "It's just a miracle that there was nobody hurt."

Eden Police Chief Reece Pyrtle says his department received multiple reports of trees down, snapped power lines and damaged homes and businesses along Adams Street, Meadow Road, Ray Street, Aiken Road and Summit Road.

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WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain talked with neighbors in one of the hardest hit areas during the Good Morning Show.

Jeff Giles lives near the corner of Kennedy and Moore Streets.  He said around 3:30 a.m. Friday he heard what sounded like a train coming through.  It was so loud it woke him out of his sleep.

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"It sounded like a big wild whistle and it just kept getting louder and louder as it came towards my house and you begin to hear a lot of crumbling and crashing," said Giles.

"Trees are down everywhere, in people's yards on top of cars and homes.  I never thought something like this would hit this close to home," he added.
 

 
Emergency crews are assessing the damage and the National Weather Service will be conducting its own survey to determine whether a tornado touched down in the area.  
 
 

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