NWS confirms tornado in Bayview

Published 9:43 am Friday, January 6, 2023

At least some of the damage observed following a Beaufort County storm Wednesday afternoon was caused by an EF-1 tornado, the National Weather Service confirmed later this week.

NWS officials surveyed damages Thursday, after reports that a water spout crossed the Pamlico River and touched down briefly in Bayview.

The formation was first reported and photographed on the south side of the river.

No injuries were reported in the storm, but damages were reported to a home on Highway 33 in Aurora, according to Chris Newkirk, Beaufort County Emergency Services director. Near Bayview, a wider swath of damages was reported near the Bayview Golf Course, including downed trees and roof damage at multiple residences.

The storm caused temporary power outages for nearly 200 homes.

“We had some significant power line damage,” Newkirk said. “That entire area around the golf course at Bayview was without power for several hours while crews repaired several sections of lines that were down in multiple areas of that community.”

The tornado traveled just over a quarter of a mile on a path 125 yards wide and featured wind speeds between 100-105 miles per hour, according to the NWS.

Newkirk said the county was fortunate to avoid injuries and more extensive damages.

“It certainly could have been worse, based on the conditions that were witnessed,” he said.