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Storm knocks down trees, power lines

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David Brooks cuts down fallen branches from Friday’s storm on Saturday on Hidden Path in Battleboro.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, April 20, 2019

A possible tornado hit the Twin Counties late Friday during a raucous thunderstorm that left a demolished mobile home, downed trees and power outages in its wake, according to local officials and the National Weather Service.

Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson said while property was damaged, he's thankful no lives were lost in the storms.

The weather service hasn't confirmed any tornado touchdowns in the area, said Brent Fisher, assistant director of fire, rescue and emergency management for Nash County Emergency Services.

"A lot of time what looks like tornado damage is caused by straight wind," Fisher said.

Residents reported an unconfirmed tornado that caused some damage in Battleboro and Whitakers. High winds also caused damage in other parts of the area with falling trees and branches landing on power lines, according to representatives of Nash-Martin Electric Membership Cooperative.

Rocky Mount experience sporadic power outages with around 2,000 customers without electricity at any one time, said Rich Worsinger, the city's director of energy resources.

A mobile home in rural Edgecombe County was destroyed when a tree and power lines fell on it. The residents had left the trailer 10 minutes before its destruction, according to the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office.

At one point during the storms, a tree fall across N.C. 33, but the tree has since been cleared, according to Edgecombe County Emergency Management.

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