by: TOM FOREMAN JR., Associated Press Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)strong>
(AP) — The National Weather Service reports at least eight tornadoes touched down in North Carolina as the system that set off violent weather across the South closed in on the state.
Cumberland County emergency officials are investigating reports of a tornado in the eastern part of the county Tuesday. Emergency Services Director Randy Beeman said law enforcement was dispatched to the area of Stedman and Autryville.
Beeman said trees were toppled and there was structural damage but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
A tornado briefly touched down in Craven County, and a sighting was reported in Jones County, but there were no reports of damages or injuries.
In Edgecombe County, the weather service said a roof was blown off a home and trees were toppled by an apparent tornado.