Preliminary Event Summary
June 23, 2004
An area of low pressure was riding northeast along a slow moving frontal boundary near the Virginia/North Carolina border on the afternoon and evening of the 23rd. A mid level disturbance moved across the area during the evening hours to further enhance instability across Eastern North Carolina. There was strong surface heating and a moisture was plentiful ahead of the front, adding to the instability. Thunderstorms already developing along and ahead of the front would be moving into a favorable environment for them to become strong to severe. Eastern North Carolina was placed under a severe thunderstorm watch from around 430 PM until 900 PM EDT. The Newport/Morehead City NWS office issued 4 tornado warnings and 4 severe thunderstorm warnings during the event.
Preliminary Local Storm Reports:
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION...ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0741 PM TSTM WND GST 5 W EAST LAKE 35.87N 76.05W 06/23/2004 58 MPH TYRRELL NC PARK/FOREST SRVC 0812 PM TSTM WND DMG KINSTON 35.28N 77.59W 06/23/2004 LENOIR NC EMERGENCY MNGR POWER LINES DOWN WITHIN THE KINSTON CITY LIMITS. 0835 PM TSTM WND DMG NAGS HEAD 35.94N 75.63W 06/23/2004 OUTER BANKS DARE NC EMERGENCY MNGR MULTIPLE REPORTS OF TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN IN NAGS HEAD AREA. 0835 PM TORNADO DOVER 35.22N 77.43W 06/23/2004 CRAVEN NC EMERGENCY MNGR TORNADO SPOTTED ON HWY 70 NEAR THE CITY OF DOVER. 0835 PM TORNADO 2 NE DOVER 35.24N 77.41W 06/23/2004 CRAVEN NC EMERGENCY MNGR TORNADO SPOTTED ON WINTERGREEN RD JUST NORTHEAST OF THE CITY OF DOVER. 0840 PM TSTM WND DMG SOUTHERN SHORES 36.12N 75.73W 06/23/2004 OUTER BANKS DARE NC EMERGENCY MNGR TREE DOWN IN SOUTHERN SHORES AT 840 PM. 0845 PM TSTM WND DMG FORT BARNWELL 35.27N 77.33W 06/23/2004 CRAVEN NC EMERGENCY MNGR MULTIPLE TREES DOWN IN FORT BARNWELL AREA AT 845 PM. 0917 PM TSTM WND DMG NEW BERN 35.12N 77.08W 06/23/2004 CRAVEN NC EMERGENCY MNGR POWER LINES DOWN ON BROAD ST. IN NEW BERN AT 917 PM.