Tornado causes damage in King, officials say

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KING, N.C. -- The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that a tornado caused the damage reported overnight in King.

The tornado was 90 yards wide and traveled at 90 mph, touching the ground at just before 6 p.m. and traveling .61 miles.

It was classified as an EF-1, meaning its winds were between 86 and 110 mph.

Various reports of damage came out of King, mostly Saturday night along Newsome Road on the west side of the community.

The damage included trees down, power outages, power lines down, stoplights out, shingles blown off roofs and damage to vehicles.

No injuries were reported, although about 25-30 homes and businesses received minor damage, said Stokes County Emergency Management Director Greg Collins. He said one family was displaced from their mobile home.

Collins said the department is in the process of a damage assessment to see if they qualify or any federal or state money. An estimate on how much damage was done to the county was unknown.

Pastor Danny Peterson with Harvest Temple Church of God said the congregation spent Sunday afternoon clearing away debris from the parking lot. He said the church sign was also torn by the tornado and will cost approximately $7,000.

Newsome Road was closed for about three hours as crews worked to remove a tree in the road. Power has since been restored to homes and businesses in the area.