The first of three tornadoes that touched down Friday night had winds of 125 mph, was a quarter-mile wide, and was on the ground nearly an hour and traveled 32 miles, according to a preliminary assessment posted Sunday by The National Weather Service at its Wakefield, Va., website.
The Weather Service on Saturday confirmed that three tornadoes touched down in Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank counties Friday night as part of a severe thunderstorm system that moved through the Albemarle.
Two of the tornadoes were classified as EF-2s, which have winds between 111 and 135 mph. One tornado was an EF-1, which has winds between 86 and 110 mph.
The storms injured five people. Dozens of homes were damaged, some of them destroyed.
The first tornado touched down at 7:20 p.m. two miles southwest of Macedonia near the Chowan River, and traveled northeastward for 55 minutes before ending one mile east of Rosewood, northeast of Elizabeth City, at 8:15 p.m.
Winds were estimated at 125 mph, making it an EF-2 storm.
The path of the tornado included the Chapanoke and Mount Hermon areas just to the north of U.S. Highway 17.
The second tornado touched down just southeast of Edenton at 7:37 p.m. Friday, two miles southwest of Saint Johns, and traveled 40 miles on the ground northeastward where it ended three miles east-northeast of Indiantown in Camden County at 8:30 p.m.
It was also rated an EF-2 tornado, with its maximum wind speed at 125 mph and a quarter-mile path.
From where it touched down, the tornado tracked northeast from Yeopim Road in southern Chowan County and remained south of U.S. Highway 17 as it crossed Burnt Mill Road in Perquimans County and Halls Creek Road in southern Pasquotank County.
The tornado continued northeast and weakened to an EF-1 tornado as it crossed into Elizabeth City near Peartree Road.
The last tornado was an EF-1 with winds of 110 mph, touching down at 7:50 p.m. in Nixonton and traveled northeastward six miles across Body Road and ended just north-northeast of Elizabeth City. Its path was also up to a quarter-mile wide. It ended at 8:10 p.m.
The Weather Service noted that the details are preliminary and subject to change pending final review.