The National Weather Service in Morehead City, N.C., confirmed Monday that a EF2 tornado hit Emerald Isle while Hurricane Dorian lashed the Carolinas on Thursday.
In as statement issued Monday morning, the weather service said between 9:02 a.m. and 9:31 a.m. a waterspout near Bogue Inlet pier came ashore as a tornado that had a maximum wind speed of 115 miles per hour.
The twister's path was 200 yards wide and 13 miles long.
"The waterspout was quite large when it was offshore and was viewed by the Bogue Inlet pier web cam courtesy of surfline. The most intense damage was found here," said the NWS summary of the incident. "In the middle of the path, where the winds were strongest, numerous RV type homes suffered complete destruction."
There are at least three dozen preliminary reports of tornadoes across eastern South Carolina and eastern North Carolina during the passage of Dorian.