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UPDATE: NWS confirms tornado touchdowns in Duplin, Columbus, and Bladen counties

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 5:42 PM EDT
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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. (WECT) - The National Weather Service conducted a damage survey Thursday and confirmed tornadoes touched down in three counties in southeastern North Carolina: Duplin, Columbus, and Bladen on Wednesday, June 2.

Reports confirmed a EF-1 tornado touched down 1.8 miles southwest of Teachey in Duplin County, North Carolina at 4:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 with an estimated peak wind speed of 105 mph.

An EF-0 tornado touchdown was confirmed east southeast of Evergreen in Columbus County at 5:22 p.m. and an EF-0 tornado briefly touched down just west of Twisted Hickory Road in Bladen County at 9:04 p.m.

The damage survey revealed the Duplin County tornado touched down over a small farm, destroying a shed and the roofs of multiple outbuildings, before continuing across Cornwallis Road where it snapped the trunks of three large pine trees and toppled a shed. It then proceeded over a field and wooded area, possibly lifting before dropping down on Teachey and knocking down multiple trees and finally lifting at 5:07 p.m.

The NWS said the Columbus County tornado, with an estimated peak wind speed of 80 mph, formed close to old Hwy 74 east of Evergreen. It caused structure and tree damage at two hog farms and two hogs perished. The tornado lifted near Silver Spoon Rd at 5:30 p.m.

Later in the evening, a tornado with an estimated peak wind speed of 60 mph did some scattered tree damage over a quarter mile stretch just south of Grimsley Farm Road in Bladen County.

A call to Duplin County 911 around 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon revealed law enforcement had reported signs of a possible tornado touchdown between Wallace and Teachey in southern Duplin County.

The local storm report by NWS MHX noted 911 call reports from Teachey: “Tornado at 05:05 PM EDT — widespread trees down between teachey and wallace. Tree fell on tractor trailer on us 117.”

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), “At 5:14 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located near Wallace, moving northeast at 20 mph.” Locations that may have been impacted include Wallace, Rose Hill, Beulaville, Sarecta, Greenevers and Teachey.

Visual reports indicated fallen tree limbs and scattered debris along Hwy 117 between Wallace and Teachey.

A tornado warning was issued by the NWS for southern Duplin County at 5 p.m. and was extended through 5:45 p.m.

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