The National Weather Service reports downed trees and structural damage as severe storms roared through central and eastern North Carolina.
A report stated that in Whitakers, in Edgecombe County, there was damage along with tornado debris signs of a suspected tornado touchdown near the intersection of Highway 33 and Speights Chapel Road.
The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a tree on powerlines and a mobile home being damaged on Friday.
A deputy arrived on the scene, he advised it appeared to be remnants of a tornado or straight line winds.
More personnel was dispatched to assist with assesing injuries and clean up efforts.
Deputies confirmed the homeowner left 10 minutes prior to the storm coming through.
When the homeowner returned home, she found her home destroyed, deputies said.
Sheriff Atkinson arrived on the scene and spoke to her and confirmed she was not injured and was in good spirits.
The Edgecombe County Emergency Services, N.C. Department of Transportation and Edgecombe-Martin Utilities responded to the scene to assist in restoring power and the affected families.
Sheriff Atkinson and the Edgecombe County Emergency Services personnel will be back on the property Saturday around 9 a.m. to obtain better assessment of damages.
In that location, several structures were damaged, including a mobile home dislodged from its foundation and an additional mobile home structure lofted and thrown several feet.
In Martin County, a barn moved off its foundation and a truck was damaged by downed limbs from a pine tree, according to NWS.
The damages were reported six miles south of Williamston on Thurman Griff and David Rogerson roads.
A preliminary report said there was roof and structural damage in one neighborhood in Chatham County outside of Siler City on Friday afternoon.
News outlets reported at least one house near Interstate 85 outside of Hillsborough in Orange County was severely damaged by winds that were thought to have resulted from a tornado.
To the east, several locations reported wind gusts approaching and in excess of 50 mph.
An immediate account of power outages was not available Friday evening due to problems with the Duke Energy website.