ELIZABETHTOWN — Folks were scrambling on Monday night to take shelter as a tornado warning was issued for Bladen County at about 8:15 p.m.
At about 8:15 p.m. Monday the National Weather Service doppler radar indicated a possible tornado in the vicinity of the Elizabethtown-White Lake area, according to reports. At about 8:30 p.m. the warning was lifted.
There was only one incident reported to county officials during the evening.
“The only issue that is confirmed is a barn fire on Ruskin Road (near White Oak),” Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said. “I’m not sure of the cause.”
He added that, with Monday’s active weather, “there were several reports of funnel clouds but none were confirmed that I know about.”
According to the National Weather Service, dime- to quarter-sized hail was reported at about 6 p.m. and lasting about 30 minutes. The hail was reported to occur near Dublin and in the vicinity of Elizabethtown, according to the National Weather Service Office.
Kinlaw said, “I’m sure there was some damage from the hail, but I have not been made aware of it (as of Tuesday morning).”
The potential for severe weather was expected to continue throughout the region on Tuesday and possibily into Wednesday.