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Atlantic Beach/Morehead City Tornado, November 13, 2018


An EF-1 rated tornado moved onshore in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina at approximately 4:45 AM on Tuesday November 13, 2018. The damage path started along Club Colony Drive and consisted of some siding blown toward the northwest, with more debris scattered toward the southeast. The damage path continued north-northeast toward Freeman Lane and just west of Sands Villa. Damage here consisted of multiple sheds blown and rolled 10 to 20 yards away, some of which were originally strapped to the ground.  Some loss of roofing material was also found, but may have already been compromised from Hurricane Florence. Winds peaked along East Fort Macon Road and the intersection of Sands Villa Drive as a power pole was snapped at the top, with 2 more blown down enough to lean significantly.  Winds here were estimated to be around 90 mph or a low end EF-1 tornado.  The path continued over Bogue Sound to Morehead City where another area of damage was found, especially between and near 4th and 5th streets. Here, a street sign was blown over, with another broken off at the top. Minor uplift of a metal roof was found along with some large branches snapped.


Damage near Sands Villa, Atlantic Beach, November 13, 2018.


Trucks repair broken power poles after EF-1 tornado along Fort Macon Drive, Atlantic Beach, November 13, 2018.


Damage to siding in Atlantic Beach, November 13, 2018. 

Well-defined hook echo from Newport/Morehead City NWS radar around 445 AM, November 13, 2018.