NWS confirms EF-2 reached max intensity as it crossed ‘Farm at Brunswick’


CAROLINA SHORES, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Dorian spawned several tornado warnings early Thursday morning. The National Weather Service has been taking crews across the southeast to confirm sites of tornadoes.

One twister took a hard hit to The Farm at Brunswick community leaving some homes uninhabitable. NWS reports the damage in Carolina Shores was caused by an EF-2 tornado.

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One resident, Robin Hess, says she was not warned. She just heard a sound.

“We did not get the warning that the tornado was hitting our area currently,” Hess said. “We just got the warning hearing the sound of the freight train and the sound of things ripping off the house.”

The tornado reached maximum intensity as it crossed Slippery Rock Way near Fence Post Lane.

“My daughter’s husband is deployed to Afghanistan right now,” Hess said. “She’s stationed at Fort Bragg and she had been staying with us with her two children, two cats and a dog and we heard the sound of the freight train coming. My husband and I looked at each other and just screamed in terror as we ran upstairs trying to get her.”

Hess says, just moments after, a roof corner was blown off and a 2 by 4 piece of wood went straight through the home merely missing her husband.

“Due to the grace of God and the hurricane straps D.R. Horton has put in these homes, we all walked out without a scratch,” Hess said.

Large sections of roofs were blown off and numerous trees snapped along the nearly 10 mile path.

Realtor Wayne Goode with Remax at the Beach says at least 30 homes were damaged in the complex.

Hess says in the short term Pulte Homes employees stepped up to supply families with basic pantry needs and, now, her family is waiting to hear back from the adjuster.

One person reported a broken arm.

The Carolina Shores Town Administrator sent WWAY a statement extending condolences to everyone who suffered a loss adding that the town is thankful there were no lives lost.