NWS confirms tornado touched down in Chowan County

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ROCKY HOCK, N.C. (WAVY) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a EF-0 tornado touched down in Rocky Hock, North Carolina Friday morning.

Jon McGee with the National Weather Service tells WAVY.com the damage in Rocky Hock — an area in Chowan County — was consistent with a tornado of that power. Winds in the twister were between 70 and 80 mph.

The National Weather Service confirmed Friday afternoon that the tornado was located 10 miles NNW of Edenton and was on the ground between 7:43 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. and traveled six miles.

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The tornado touched down just east of the Chowan River near Whites Landing Road and Gum Pond Road. It caused a path of damage; a trailer was knocked off its foundation near Nixon Road and a barn was damaged near Evans Bass Road.

The storm came through a field and hit a local produce stand that has been around for at least 50 years.

The stand’s co-owner, Kevin Bunch, says he’s just happy nobody got hurt and is hoping to be back in business Saturday.

“We’re very fortunate. We’re lucky that nobody got hurt,” Bunch said. “We’ve moved all the produce across the street to my cousin, so he can put it in his cooler and save everything.”

Residents should report any property damage to 252-482-8484.