Sampson County, N.C. — At least one person was injured and multiple buildings were damaged when a tornado touched down about 8 miles northeast of Clinton Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday night that an EF1 tornado with wind speeds up to 110 mph touched down near Autryville in Sampson County at about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday and caused damage for 14 non-continuous miles.

A State of Emergency was declared in Autryville, which sustained significant damage, Tuesday night. Town officials said a nightly curfew will be in effect from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. until further notice.

Power remained out in Autryville Tuesday night and crews were working to restore it.

The Red Cross arrived on the scene in Tuesday night to offer aid to those impacted by the tornado. Anybody in need of assistance as a result of the storm is asked to call 910-867-8151.

Pastor Michael Bartlett with Autryville Baptist Church was leaving the church when the storm came through and he said he heard a “freight train noise” followed by popping before he saw a cloud touch down.

“Just heading to the house, normal day. Thought it was going to be a quiet day, sure turned out to be everything but,” Bartlett said.

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