The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday morning that an EF 2 tornado, with winds between 111-135 miles per hour, hit the coast of North Carolina last night causing damage to the Ocean Sands Condominium.
“The wind picked up pretty bad. You could feel the roof like, almost like it’s coming off, back down. I immediately called the manager, Robert. By that time, somebody else had contacted him, and I came out here and it was debris all over the parking lot. It blew the roof off as you can see over here,” said David Schrader, who heard and felt the tornado. “It started to blow. It sounded like a train. It just kept blowing. All of a sudden it quit and then it picked right back up.”
Officers arriving at the scene just before 10:20 p.m. found a large amount of debris and power lines down on NC 58 at the Ocean Sands Condominiums from the tornado that occurred just prior to their arrival. Fire and EMS were dispatched to Ocean Sands. First responders found major structural damage to the condominiums. Damage was also reported to officers at the scene scene to Island Beach and Racquet Club by a property owner.
Our sister station, WNCT was the first to report that Ocean Sands Condominiums was affected by Tuesday night's storms after talking with an employee of the complex. One man had to be rescued from one of the buildings. Strong winds ripped the roof off two seperate buildings in the complex.
There are reports of damage in nearby counties, including downed trees and power lines.
The Red Cross is assisting those affected by the tornado.
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