Video by Brian McArthur
A wind funnel that appeared to be a loosely shaped waterspout was spotted in the village of Hatteras on Friday afternoon September 30.
According to a Hatteras Village Ferry Terminal representative, the formation made contact with the main ferry terminal building, causing minor damage to the exterior of the structure and some of the exterior equipment.
The interior of the ferry terminal was undamaged and efforts were underway as of 6:00 p.m. Friday to hopefully resume Hatteras-Ocracoke vehicle ferry service in the near future.
Although the waterspout disappeared at 5:30 p.m. Friday, a tornado watch remains in effect for the entire eastern North Carolina region, including the Outer Banks, until 10 p.m., according to an update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport/ Morehead Town Office.
The NWS advises all residents and visitors to ensure they have multiple ways to receive warnings throughout the day and evening. This includes the NWS website at www.weather.gov/mhx, broadcast media, NOAA Weather Radio and/or access to cell phone and social media. (The NWS also automatically sends Twitter warnings via its Twitter page to www.twitter.com/nwsmoreheadcity.)
For more information on local forecasts and road conditions as of Friday noon, click here.