Weather Service confirms tornado Wednesday in Pender County

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A funnel cloud forms over Pender County on Aug. 7, 2019. (Photo: Viewer submitted)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The National Weather Service says a storm yesterday afternoon in Pender County did produce a tornado.

The Weather Service says multiple video and a NWS storm survey indicate a brief tornado touched down around 3:45 p.m. on the east side of US 17 near Hampstead in a wooded area and caused minor tree damage. The EF-0 tornado had an estimated wind speed of 65 mph.

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Yesterday afternoon a viewer told WWAY he had spotted a funnel cloud in the area north of Figure 8 Island. Around 3:37 p.m. the NWS issued a tornado warning around Hampstead and Surf City until the storm weakened and moved off shore just before 4 p.m.