North Carolina

Confirmed tornado causes damage near Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) -- A confirmed tornado caused damage in Hillsborough around 4:50 p.m. on Friday.

The tornado crossed Interstate 85 and then traveled to the area Twin Oaks Drive and U.S. 70.

Witnesses said there was no tornado touchdown, but the wind rotation was enough to damage several trees.

Some trees were sheared off and others were toppled at their roots.

The tornado was reported at 4:50 p.m. was located over Hillsborough, moving northeast at 35 mph.

Mickey Tapp went into his basement when the tornado approached and the power went out.

He said he saw tree limbs falling and the funnel cloud up in the sky.

"I could look out and see the wind snap the trees ... We heard it coming -- it sounded like a train," Tapp said.

The roof was ripped off a building and trees were downed near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Old N.C. 86, which is exit 261 on I-40. 

Powerful storms moved across central North Carolina most of the afternoon - resulting in tornado warnings across the area. 


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