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Tornadoes, Flooding Reported in North Carolina As Severe Weather Sweeps East

June 3, 2014

Another strong line of storms moved across central North Carolina Wednesday evening, after several tornadoes were spotted across the region on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service posted a series of tornado warnings across central North Carolina early Wednesday as the storms moved east across the region. The warnings included the Raleigh-Durham area. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

Wilson County schools were closed Wednesday because of the weather, including flooding problems. Flooding also was reported in Fayetteville, where 74 people were rescued from flooded vehicles and homes Tuesday.

The National Weather Service reported that at least five counties reported tornadoes Tuesday evening. Local residents captured images of the storms, including this twister filmed by an Instagram user near Stedman, N.C.:

On Wednesday, the NWS confirmed that a tornado struck near Stedman in Cumberland County. Investigators classified the storm as an EF-1 with winds of up to 95 mph.

The survey showed the storm was 200 yards wide and traveled 1.6 miles. No injuries were reported.

"We did get a lot of funnel cloud reports" on Tuesday, meteorologist Gail Hartfield said. The surveys were to check out whether the twisting winds reported hit the ground.

Survey crews also went to Edgecombe County to check damage there after reports of downed trees, minor structural damage and a roof blown off a home in the Conetoe area.

Here's a roundup of the reports and photos shared on social media:


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