BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The National Weather Service confirmed at least two tornadoes touched down within minutes of each other and a third one a couple of hours later in Brunswick County as Hurricane Isaias swept through the county Monday night.
NWS officials say the first tornado moved onshore Bald Head Island as a waterspout around 8:05 p.m. and continued inland over Southport near the west end of West Bay Street as an EF1 with an estimated wind speed of 105 miles per hour.
Some tree damage occurred near Yacht Basin Drive along with damage to some businesses and nearby homes. The tornado then crossed near the marina, W. Brunswick Street, W. West Street, West Brown Street, W. St., George Street, and Arabella Lane uprooting trees and snapping large branches while causing minor home damages. The tornado continued across Robert Ruark Drive and lifted just after Bonner Bussells Drive SE near Dutchman Creek outlet channel.
Crews are planning on surveying Bald Head Island, as well.
Five minutes later, an EF0 tornado briefly touched down near Corbett Street in Bolivia with an estimated wind speed of 75 miles per hour.
A third tornado, which caused significant damage in the Old Towne subdivision in Belville at 10:00 p.m. Monday night, was confirmed as an EF1 with an estimated maximum wind speed of 104 miles per hour. The assessed damage included approximately 100 trees snapped, roof damage to numerous homes in the area and several fences blown down.