Reports of people trapped in homes, structural damage after severe weather hits Cape Fear – WWAY TV

Damage to a home in the Ocean Ridge Plantation community on February 16, 2021. (Photo: WWAY)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A confirmed tornado tore across part of Brunswick County to Columbus County overnight.

A tornado warning was issued for southeastern Brunswick County near Grissettown around 6 p.m. 23.39. A confirmed tornado was spotted near Honey Island or 13 miles north of Shallotte at 1 p.m. 12.00 Kl. 12.07 an observed tornado was observed in the Delco area. The warning ended at 12:15

Strong rotating wind detected on radar when tornado warning was issued on February 15, 2021. (Photo: WWAY)

The National Weather Service in Wilmington says Brunswick County Emergency Management reports structural and house damage in the Windsor Circle area of ​​Ocean Ridge Plantation off Highway 17.

Brunswick County EM reports that people are trapped in homes. No word on how many people and exactly where.

There are also several power lines down Highway 17 near the Highway 904 junction in the Grissettown area.

At 1 p.m., the Leland Fire Department announced on Facebook that their units were responding as mutual aid to Ocean Isle Beach to help with rescue operations underway.

“Please stay home and stay away from the area,” the department wrote.

Kl. 1:20 was WWAY’s Tanner Barth at the Ocean Isle Plantation community. First responders go house to house to check people. He saw that several houses were damaged, even some were torn from the foundation. Many trees are broken in half.

The Wilmington Fire Department says their search and rescue team (RRT-2 and USAR-11) has been deployed to help locate missing persons in Brunswick County.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook around 1:40 a.m. that they were on the scene in the Seaside area.

According to Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, there are thousands of people across southern and central parts of the county without power.

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