April tornado

By on April 16, 2011

Much of the damage in Duck was from downed trees. (Town of Duck photo)

What was described as a tornado that swept across Duck Saturday night caused varying degrees of damage to about 77 structures.

Damage was estimated at $766,700, according to Kathy McCullough-Testa, public relations coordinator for the town.

The twister apparently skipped across the tree line and rooftops, taking off shingles and siding from houses and blowing out windows.

Much of the damage was caused by falling trees, McCullough-Testa said.

About six structures had damage that could be characterized as moderate to major with values ranging from $50,000 to $200,000, the town reported.

McCullough-Testa said people pulled together quickly and had already made significant headway with the cleanup by Monday afternoon.

The tornado cut a path from southwest to northeast starting on the sound in the Four Seasons subdivision before heading out to sea in Duck Landing.

Preliminary reports to the weather service also said that what appeared to be a tornado damaged buildings in Tyrrell County, and a 66 mph wind gust was recorded in East Lake.

High winds also caused damage in lower Currituck County. There was no confirmation of a tornado there.

N.C. 12 from 12th Avenue in Southern Shores to Christopher Drive in Duck was closed at 11 p.m. as debris was cleared Saturday. It reopened at 3 a.m. Sunday.

The Virginian-Pilot reported that over 60 tornadoes were sighted in North Carolina and 11 people had died in Bertie County as a line of severe storms swept across southern and mid-Atlantic states before heading out to sea around midnight.

No injuries were reported in Dare or Currituck counties.

Duck has put in place an expedited permit process and waived permit fees for owners with storm damage in parts of Four Seasons, Sea Pines, Poteskeet, Christopher Drive and Duck Landing.

Tornado-related debris will also be picked up in these areas as part of the large item pick up that is scheduled for April 29.

Contact the town at (252) 255-1234, or visit Duck’s Facebook page.

Scenes along U.S. 158, lower Currituck County

Albemarle Fabric & Floor Care Specialists. (Russ Lay photos)


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