Weather Service Confirms Tornado Near Wilmington, North Carolina

May 9, 2016

The National Weather Service says a tornado struck northern New Hanover County, uprooting trees and damaging some homes.

The storm hit in the Ogden area about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington confirmed late Thursday that the storm was an EF-1 tornado with winds of about 90 mph.

New Hanover County Fire Chief Donnie Hall told the StarNews of Wilmington that one woman was reportedly hit by a falling limb as she surveyed damage after the storm.

An elementary school near one of the impacted neighborhoods was untouched and students were dismissed without issue. One school bus was rerouted because of downed power lines.

Duke Energy reported nearly 700 customers without power shortly after the tornado hit but most service was restored in a few hours..

Topics Catastrophe Natural Disasters Windstorm North Carolina

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