Trees down, homes damaged after tornado reported in Elm City

September 17, 2018

A tornado was reported in Elm City Monday morning, Sept. 17, 2018, as the remnants of Florence moved away from the Triangle.

The National Weather Service woke residents of Elm City with a tornado warning Monday. After days of deluge from Hurricane Florence, the Wilson County community saw wind damage added to its plight.

The tornado touched down about 7 a.m. and ripped up trees over several blocks. Some of those trees landed on homes and power lines around Barnes and Nash streets.

The Pittmans and their grandson,Taylor, got the alert and headed to a closet moments before the tornado toppled a tree right onto their home.

“We heard all the alarms, Elizabeth Gardner’s alarms. I’m very thankful for that,” said Susan Pittman.

A giant pine tree crashed into the den where Taylor was sleeping just moments before.

“I saw it, and the roof had just collapsed in the den,” he said.

No one was hurt, but the fast moving storm caused a swath of tree damage through town.

Others reported hearing branches snap, and damage was reported at homes on Leo and Lynhaven drives and on Watson Lane. Power was knocked out when wires along U.S. Highway 301 were snapped by falling branches and the high winds.

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