7/3/14–Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins says 2 tornadoes were spotted in the county this afternoon, one near Atkinson and the other near Penderlea.
Collins says neither of the tornadoes touched down, and no damage was caused.
Investigators do suspect a lightning strike caused a house fire in Atkinson.
Collins says no one was hurt in the fire, reported at 1o0 Shermans Corner.
Eyewitnesses say they saw lightning strike the house.
There’s no word on how much damage was caused.
As of 6pm, there was no one staying inside the emergency shelter opened at Burgaw Middle School.
Collins said if that remains the case, the shelter will likely close about 9pm.