Twister drops out of the sky in Zebulon


A strong thunderstorm popped up suddenly in eastern Wake County shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday. It quickly became powerful enough to form a funnel cloud over the Zebulon area.

The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that a tornado with 80 mile per hour winds touched down.

Photos sent in by ABC11 Eyewitness News viewers showed the twister hitting the ground.

ABC11 got reports of some damage. Luckily, there were no reports of serious injuries.

In Zebulon, witnesses say they saw bags of mulch and shopping carts being tossed around at a home improvement store at the Triangle East shopping center.

"It was grey, and debris was flying in the parking lot. It was terrible!" said witness Courtney O'Neal.

Wendy Damimowski saw and felt the storm's power close to her home.

"My neighbor came out on the porch. I said 'There's a tornado in between our houses!' And she ran inside and got her husband," she recalled.

The twister got several trees in Zebulon, caused some minor damage to a nearby supermarket's sign, and rattled O'Neal's nerves.

"It was comin down, and it went over our truck! We ran all the way to Knightdale. We were so scared. I've never been so close to a tornado in my life!" she said.

But she and others here aren't hurt.

"Yeah, I'm good. My house is good, everybody's okay. It stayed over my house. I've never seen nothing like it!" said Jason Kiley.

The chance for showers and storms continues into Monday evening.

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