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Severe weather threat lowered across the East Thursday

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    WNCT 9 First Alert Weather Precision Forecast

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-06-10 16:03:11 GMT
    Plan your day and get a look at where and when the weather will be in your area with WNCT 9 First Alert Weather's Precision Forecast.
    Plan your day and get a look at where and when the weather will be in your area with WNCT 9 First Alert Weather's Precision Forecast.
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The threat for severe weather decreases across eastern North Carolina today. .

The atmosphere is looking to be more stable today, but the threat for heavy downpours and isolated strong thunderstorms with very gusty winds still exists as the surface cold front pushes through eastern North Carolina.

Wednesday, some strong to severe storms crossed eastern Carolina, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings, but no tornadoes were reported.


On Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch early in the day after a report of a tornado touchdown in Craven County. The weather service says a tornado touched down for less than a minute in a field between U.S. 70 and Cove City around 2:30 p.m. That storm was accompanied by golf-ball-sized hail. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.
   
A tornado warning was also issued for Jones County. It was later canceled after the storm which prompted the warning moved out of the area. Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Martin, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson counties also saw tornado warnings issued over the course of the afternoon.

In Edgecombe County, a possible tornado went right through the Tarboro area near Mooring Road. Folks there saw some damage from high winds and lighting. One woman says a tree went into mobile home and damaged the roof of another. There were reports of numerous downed trees as well as reports of minor structural damage.

In Greene County, fire department officials spotted a tornado on the ground near Shine. Shine Fire and EMS, said there were out doing damage assessments after a reported tornado touchdown. He advised motorists to avoid the following roads: Free Gospel Road, Warrant Town Road, and Gerganus Road. Emergency officials said half the roads in the county were flooded, including near Walstonburg.

In Lenoir County, a funnel cloud was reported near Byrd Road.

In Pitt County, a funnel cloud was reported in Farmville near Hwy 264 and Hwy 258 as well as in Greenville near Hwy 264 and Stantonsburg Road. There was no damage reported in Bethel, where another reported tornado touched down.

The severe thunderstorms and lightning caused about 500 Greenville Utilities customers North of the Tar River to lose power.

Quarter size hail and a 60 mph winds were reported in Farmville. Police say they rescued three people due to flooding, which occurred with the torrential downpours that accompanied Tuesday's storms. Other flooding reports were seen along Hwy 222 between Fountain and Falkland. 

In Wilson County,  golf ball size hail was reported at the 911 Center and on Hwy 117. Numerous streets were reportedly flooded across the county with numerous cars stalled in the flood waters in town. County 911 reported debris blown across Old Wilson Road.

Some of the worst damage in the state from Tuesday's storms was in Cumberland County.
    
Governor Pat McCrory cut short a pre-scheduled stop in Fayetteville to survey storm damage in the town of Stedman after a tornado touched down there.

"These tornados this week seem to be hitting and then jumping over many miles and hitting back down,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Our biggest concern, as I said earlier is the mobile home. Sadly, they are the ones that are in the greatest danger at this point and time."

Heavy rain from Tuesday night's storms caused widespread flooding in many areas, including Wilson County. In some places the water was too high for cars to drive.
    
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