MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) -- The National Weather Service is confirming multiple tornado touchdowns in eastern North Carolina, and an emergency management director reports more than a dozen people were taken to the hospital as a result.

Meteorologists said Saturday that while its survey is continuing, they have confirmed EF-2 tornadoes touched down in Pitt and Beaufort counties on Friday. A final assessment was expected late Saturday.

Beaufort County Emergency Management Director John Pack said 16 people were taken to the emergency room when the storms passed through around 7:25 p.m. Friday.

Pack said 200 homes were either heavily damaged or destroyed. At one point, Pack said, 8,000 people were without power. By midday Saturday, the number was down to 300 and he said power should be restored to the least damaged homes by Sunday.

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