EF0 Tornado confirmed in Johnston County - WNCT

EF0 Tornado confirmed in Johnston County

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An EF0 tornado with winds of 75 miles per hour struck the town of Selma in Johnston County last night. 

The twister hit the ground at 8:18 p.m., was about 75 yards wide, and was on the ground for one-quarter of a mile.  The tornado caused significant damage to a two-story barn, as well as minor damage to three houses.  Some debris was thrown into nearby power lines.

Joe Ballance, of Selma, was caught a bit off guard because there was no tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service.  His house lost a few shingles, but another outbuilding had significant roof damage.

Meteorologist Ryan Ellis of the NWS told us that no warning was issued because the rotation that appeared on radar, went away just as quickly as it came. 

So even if a warning had been issued, the event would have been over before the information reached the public.

Jeremy Baker

WNCN's weekend meteorologist, Jeremy delivers your Saturday and Sunday forecasts. He brings a vast amount of severe weather experience from all over the country.  More>>

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