NWS confirms EF-1 tornado struck Columbus County community

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado struck Columbus County community

NAKINA, N.C. (WECT) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in a Columbus County community as a severe weather swept through the area Sunday evening.

According to a report from the NWS, the EF-1 tornado which had wind speeds of 95 miles per hour formed just before 6 p.m. southeast of Nakina near the intersection of Seven Creeks Highway and Happy Home Road.

Mark Willis, the Meteorologist in Charge for the NWS Wilmington, says the tornado is a product of hurricane season.

“The remnants of these things, even after they weaken, can do a lot of damage and their very prone to producing tornadoes,” said Willis. “This is the third remnant system that we’ve seen produce tornadoes in our area this hurricane season. Obviously, we had Isaias in August then we had Sally and Beta and now the remnants of Hurricane Delta.”

The tornado tracked for about 5.8 miles, damaging several trees in the area and two outbuildings along Smith and Ervin Richardson roads, before lifting up near Highway 130.

No injuries were reported.

Willis says this should serve as a good reminder to stay alert throughout hurricane season.

“Just because you see a storm making landfall far, far away doesn’t mean it’s over yet because if there’s one thing we’ve been reminded this hurricane season is that these remnant tropical systems can produce a lot of tornadoes," said Willis."

Even if you think a storm isn’t that severe, it could make a turn for the worse.

“Have a way to get the warnings and if there is a warning for your area, take cover and make sure to go to the lowest floor in an interior room of a solid structure away from windows and doors,” said Willis.

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