6:45 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Beaufort County Monday afternoon, causing damages and injuries.

According to the NWS, they can confirm a tornado did touch down based on visuals evidence.

Officials are working to learn the tornado's exact size and EF rating.

At least 13 people were hurt, according to our sister station WTVD.


5:45 p.m. UPDATE: The Tornado Warnings for Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties have expired.

According to Beaufort County EMS, there was a possible tornado immediately west of Belhaven earlier Monday afternoon, causing power to go out in Belhaven. Crews are working to restore power.

Beaufort County officials report four traffic accidents happened as a result of the storm. The injuries were minor. Highway 264 outside Belhaven was closed due to one of the wrecks, but is expected to reopen soon.

EASTERN CAROLINA -- According to the National Weather Service, at 4:14 p.m. Monday, trained weather spotters reported a tornado northeast of Ponzer, North Carolina. The tornado was moving northeast at 40 mph.

The National Weather Service reports that Dare County is under a Tornado Warning until 5:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports the following counties will be under a Tornado Warning until 4:45 p.m. Monday:

Hyde County (Mainland);
Tyrrell County;
Washington County.

The NWS advises the safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. Get under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. If no basement is available, seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway or room such as a closet. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.

If in mobile homes or vehicles, evacuate them and get inside a substantial shelter. If no shelter is available, lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands.

ABC affiliates in North Carolina have reported structural damage. It is unclear whether there have been any injuries reported.

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