RALEIGH, N.C. -- The National Weather Service has confirmed at least six tornadoes that ripped through parts of North Carolina on Friday night.
The NWS says an EF3 tornado with up to 150 mph winds hit Whichards Beach. That's the strongest tornado recorded in the United States this year. Between 150-200 homes were damaged or destroyed and 16 people were injured. There were no fatalities.
Other tornadoes so far include three EF2s and an EF1. More tornadoes will likely be confirmed as the National Weather Service continues their storm surveys Sunday and Monday.
Across the Tarheel state, authorities reported tornadoes in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, as well as in Beaufort, Chowan, Greene, Halifax counties.
State officials say 18 people were hurt during the storms; five in Pasquotank County.
Early estimates indicate that more than 100 homes have been severely damaged or destroyed and numerous others have sustained damage.
Damage in Beaufort County was so bad a shelter was opened overnight to house stranded residents. Officials declared a state of emergency late Friday.
N.C. Damage Assessments (as of 8 a.m. Saturday):
Beaufort County – 15 injuries. Approximately 100 homes severely damaged or destroyed.
Chowan County – Numerous trees down
Greene County – Eight homes damaged
Halifax County – Power lines down throughout county. Flooding reported along several roads
Pasquotank County – Three injuries. Power was knocked out in Elizabeth City; additional power outages reported throughout the county
Perquimans County – Six homes destroyed, several others sustained damage. Power lines down throughout the county