The National Weather Service has confirmed from a storm survey a brief EF-1 tornado touched down in the Cleveland area of Johnston County on Tuesday. Strong thunderstorms moved through the area Tuesday afternoon. The storms prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and a Tornado Warning.
The NWS said the tornado touched down near the intersection of Cornwallis Road and Justin Drive and stayed on the ground for about a quarter-mile. Damage included minor shingle loss on several homes, numerous softwood trees snapped, and lawn furniture tossed a considerable distance, the NWS said.
Maximum winds were 80-90 mph. No injuries were reported.