RALEIGH, N.C. — An EF-1 tornado touched down in Stantonsburg last weekend, whipping up winds of around 100 mph and causing significant damage to a number of homes, the National Weather Service said Monday.
A weather service survey team confirmed that the compact tornado touched down briefly late Saturday in the Wilson County town about 60 miles east of Raleigh. There were no injuries reported, but four homes in the town sustained significant structural and roof damage. One of those homes was shifted at least 20 feet off its foundation, the weather service said.
“This was a very brief tornado touchdown, but it was very potent,” said Nick Petro, the weather service’s warning coordination meteorologist based in Raleigh.
The Wilson Times reported that Wilson County Emergency Management said five homes on two streets were damaged. Three were declared uninhabitable, including one being rented by Quinton Lofton, who said he and his 4-year-old daughter were preparing to leave the home when the storm struck. Lofton, who is renting the home, said he crawled to the bathroom and waited there with his daughter until the storm subsided. The American Red Cross is providing him and his daughter with a hotel room while he looks for another place to live.