At least three people were killed and at least 10 others were injured when a tornado tore through a costal town in southeastern North Carolina, officials said early Tuesday.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., said at midnight that a tornado had been observed west of the city in Brunswick County, and that there had been structural damage and downed power lines along a highway.
Brunswick County officials later said at a news conference that three people had been killed in the storm and that 10 others were injured. They also said there had been a “significant amount of damage” in the area.
Randy Thompson, a commissioner for Brunswick County, said at the news conference that the tornado had caused structural damage, leading to the evacuation of some people from their homes. He did not elaborate on the exact damage or the number of people affected. Shelters were being set up to help those in need, he said.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office posted photographs on its Facebook page that showed downed trees across roadways and homes destroyed by the storm.
“I’m afraid of what daylight is going to bring here in Brunswick County at Ocean Ridge Plantation,” a reporter for the local television station WWAY, Tanner Barth, wrote on Twitter after surveying the damage in Ocean Ridge Plantation. “Houses are completely gone and that’s just what I can see right now.”
The images showed roofs ripped from some homes, windows blown out and trees scattered on top of residences. But the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said in a tweet that no fatalities had been reported.