ST PAULS, NC (WMBF) - After an investigation into sever weather damage in Robeson County, the National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in the area on Friday.
A Tornado Warning was issued for Robeson County and expired at 1 p.m. That's when it became apparent that winds caused significant damage in St Pauls, including power lines down, a roof blown off, and trees toppled over.
St. Pauls Fire Department was dispatched to roof blown off, blocking streets at S. Third Street and Townsend Street in St. Pauls, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS is also reporting power lines down in Marlboro County, multiple power outages in St Pauls, Rennert, and Pembroke, and major damage to homes in Pembroke on Elrod Road.
The NWS arrived to determine if there was a tornado in Robeson County. They concluded that there were two separate tornadoes - an EF0 on Elrod Road near Pembroke with winds estimated to be 70 miles per hour, and a second in St Pauls, an EF0 with winds of 85 miles per hour.
They also found microburst damage on Cross Bow Road with winds of 65 mph.