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Twister touches down in Elm City

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An uprooted tree in front of a home on West Nash Street on Monday following a tornado in Elm City.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Rocky Mount Telegram

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ELM CITY — A twister touched down in Elm City on Monday, nearly crushing at least one resident and causing parts of the Twin Counties to enter into a tornado warning, according to emergency officials.

The tornado was confirmed to hit Elm City, a small town about eight miles outside Rocky Mount, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

Susan Pittman received the tornado alert and rushed to a closet. Seconds later a huge pine tree toppled through the roof right into the spot where she had just been asleep. Due to the alert, no one was injured at the Pittman home.

The warning for east central Nash, west central Edgecombe and north central Wilson counties lasted for 30 minutes, ending at 7:30 a.m. A tornado hit Elm City in Wilson County at 7:14 a.m., said Brent Fisher, assistant director of fire, rescue and emergency management for Nash County Emergency Services.

"Take shelter now. Confirmed tornado touchdown in Elm City. Headed towards Sharpsburg," Fisher said in a 7:19 a.m. email blast.

The tornado downed power lines and damaged some homes on Barnes, Leo and Main streets. The twister temporarily knocked out electricity to parts of the town by ripping up power lines along U.S. 301.

No injuries have been reported. It's a great thing folks in the area heeded the warning, according to emergency responders on the ground in the area.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the creation of a tornado. A tornado warning means a tornado is imminent or already occurring. If anyone receives notice of a tornado warning they should seek shelter immediately.

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