OXFORD — The Tri-County escaped damage Thursday evening that saw the National Weather Service issue several tornado warnings for the area as a major storm system passed through.
Forecasters began posting the warnings at about 7 p.m. on Thursday, meaning that they were at the least seeing signs of a twister on radar. The initial one covered the Oxford-Stovall area in Granville County, and was quickly followed by another for the Butner-Creedmoor-Stem area.
Within a few moments additional warnings followed for Henderson, Norlina, Warrenton and Kittrell. The last of the alerts, for the Vaughan and Littleton areas in Warren County, expired at 8:30 p.m.
Subsequent Facebook postings indicated that a number of people saw a funnel cloud near Oxford, but Granville County Emergency Management Coordinator Robin Edwards said Friday there were no reports of a tornado touch-down or any kind of damage sustained from the storm.
“We were fortunate that no damage was reported and we didn’t even have any trees down,” Edwards said. “Tornado warnings were issued and that was based on a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado moving through the area. The source was a radar-indicated rotation, but no tornado touched down.”
Vance County likewise didn’t experience major problems.
“We had absolutely nothing in the way of damage,” said Brian Short, Vance County’s emergency operations director. “We did not even have any trees down.”
And the region’s luck held as the storms passed through Warren County.
The only report that reached the county’s emergency operations center was of “some hail in the Ridgeway/Oine area,” said Dennis Paschall, Warren’s emergency services director. “There might’ve been one tree down. We were mighty fortunate last night.”
Staff writers Brandon White and Ray Gronberg contributed to this story.