GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Weather officials on Monday afternoon confirmed that a tornado spawned from Hurricane Matthew hit near Goldsboro on Saturday afternoon.
The tornado with winds of 80 mph touched down 1 mile north-northeast of Walnut Creek near and along Highway 70 in Wayne County, according to National Weather Service officials.
The tornado hit around 2:50 p.m. and was 250 yards wide and was on the ground for about a mile, causing damage in the area just southeast of Goldsboro.
“The tornado then tracked to the northwest for approximately 1 mile before lifting and dissipating,” forecasters said in an email.
The tornado left in its path many downed trees that were snapped, uprooted and knocked down, according to officials.
“Several buildings sustained relatively minor roof damage (with) at least one billboard destroyed,” weather officials said. “A camper was uplifted and rotated around an adjacent building, and subsequently sustained damage.”
Weather officials also said that several fences were knocked down and blown away.
Authorities added that damage along the path suggested 80 mph wind speeds occurred with the tornado.
The tornado ranked as an EF-0 on the scale of 0 to 5, with EF-5 level tornadoes exceeding 200 mph.