Tornado kills three, injures 10 overnight in Brunswick County, schools canceled due to power outage

In Brunswick County, a tornado touched down in the Ocean Isle Beach area right after 11:30 p.m. last night, killing three and injuring 10. Thousands are without power and Brunswick County Schools have been canceled. (Port City Daily/Photos courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office) Click the photos to scroll the gallery.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — North Carolina Weather Authority confirmed a tornado touched down just north of Ocean Isle Beach right after 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said the storm killed three people and injured 10.

The tornado formed as Winter Storm Uri passed through the South, and caused more than 20,000 Brunswick Electric outages in the county; crews have been and continue restoring power. Because of the outages, Brunswick County Schools canceled classes today for all students and staff.

An estimated 50 homes sustained damage, according to officials. The tornado did the most destruction to the golf community of Ocean Ridge Plantation, though homes in the Sea Village subdivision also incurred harm. Search and rescue teams are on the scene.


Traffic on Highway 17 at 904, near the Circle K gas station and McDonald’s, is being rerouted to Old Shallotte Highway. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office confirms, due to downed power lines, Highway 17 north bound is closed from Thomasboro to Ocean Isle Beach roads.

According to the county, emergency crews, officers and firefighters are onsite to offer assistance to residents who have been injured or have damages to their properties. A temporary emergency shelter has opened to help displaced individuals: 910-253-5383.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington will assess the situation later today to confirm tornadic activity.

Want to read more from Port City Daily? Subscribe now and then sign up for our free morning newsletter, Wilmington Wire, and get the headlines delivered to your inbox daily.

A tornado left three dead, 10 injured and thousands without power in Brunswick County. Schools have been canceled for the day as well. (Port City Daily/Photos courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)
A tornado left three dead, 10 injured and thousands without power in Brunswick County. Schools have been canceled for the day as well. (Port City Daily/Photos courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)
A tornado left three dead, 10 injured and thousands without power in Brunswick County. Schools have been canceled for the day as well. (Port City Daily/Photos courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)
A tornado left three dead, 10 injured and thousands without power in Brunswick County. Schools have been canceled for the day as well. (Port City Daily/Photos courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)
A tornado left three dead, 10 injured and thousands without power in Brunswick County. Schools have been canceled for the day as well. (Port City Daily/Photos courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)
A tornado left three dead, 10 injured and thousands without power in Brunswick County. Schools have been canceled for the day as well. (Port City Daily/Photos courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)
A tornado left three dead, 10 injured and thousands without power in Brunswick County. Schools have been canceled for the day as well. (Port City Daily/Photos courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)
A tornado left three dead, 10 injured and thousands without power in Brunswick County. Schools have been canceled for the day as well. (Port City Daily/Photos courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)

Comments or tips? Email info@portcitydaily.com

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Comments