RALEIGH, NC -- The National Weather Service may not know yet whether tornadoes caused all that damage Friday night in North Carolina, but residents do.
Across the Tarheel state, authorities reported tornadoes in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, as well as in Beaufort, Chowan, Greene, Halifax counties.
State officials say 18 people were injured during the storms; five in Pasquotank County.
Early estimates indicate that more than 100 homes have been severely damaged or destroyed and numerous others have sustained damage.
Damage in Beaufort County was so bad a shelter was opened overnight to house stranded residents. Officials declared a state of emergency late Friday.
NC Damage Assessments (as of 8 a.m. Saturday):
Beaufort County 15 injuries. Approximately 100 homes severely damaged or destroyed.
Chowan County Numerous trees down
Greene County Eight homes damaged
Halifax County Power lines down throughout county. Flooding reported along several roads
Pasquotank County Three injuries. Power was knocked out in Elizabeth City; additional power outages reported throughout the county
Perquimans County Six homes destroyed, several others sustained damage. Power lines down throughout the county