A tornado warning in Carteret County this morning became a reality for some residents when a twister touched down in Emerald Isle.

Approximately seven houses were damaged but no injuries were reported after a tornado touched down in Emerald Isle Saturday.

According to Emerald Isle Mayor Eddie Barber, a tornado touched down between 8th and 9th Street in Emerald Isle after 2 p.m. Saturday. He said two houses on Ocean Drive lost a roof as it was blown off by the twister, and about five other houses were damaged. No one was injured, however.

"I know one family was in the house when the roof blew off but the other family was out shopping," Barber said.

According to the National Weather Service in Newport, the Emerald Isle tornado started at about 2:10 p.m. and was rated at an EF2, with maximum winds of 120 mph. It lasted for nearly six minutes and followed a path of 2.8 miles. This path crossed Ocean Drive between 7th and 8th streets, causing some damage to homes in the area. Most notable, stated the NWS report, was one home that lost a roof, with pieces of it found along Highway 58. The boat dock on Bogue Sound also sustained damages.

"As the tornado became a waterspout over Bogue Sound it likely weakened significantly as it crossed back over land as a tornado near Adams Lane and Broad Creek Loop Road," stated the National Weather Service. Winds had also decreased at this point, with minor damages reported; including trampolines blown into a tree.

Earlier on Saturday, a tornado touched down in Cape Carteret for a short period of time, according to NWS. With the highest winds of 80 mph, this twister was rated lower than the one to reach Emerald Isle at an EF0.  It started on the shores of the Bogue Sound near Bayshore Drive and followed a path of about 0.35 miles, stated the NWS report. The tornado lasted about a minute, beginning at 2:06 p.m. and fizzling out at 2:07 p.m. Damages in Cape Carteret were minor, the report stated, with one tree uprooted and shingles lost on another structure.

Large limbs and one power line was brought down near Live Oak Drive and Easy Street, the report stated. Leaf debris reported after the tornado along the north and east sides of houses indicated rotation; since the majority of the storm damage occured in the opposite direction.

In addition, approximately 5,000 outages were reported in Carteret County, according to a Facebook post from the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative. Power lines and poles were taken out by the tornado between 8th and 9th streets, the post stated.  As of 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 387 customers were without power in Carteret County.  By 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the cooperative only had one reported outage left.

In response to the tornado, Emerald Drive was closed for about 2 hours due to damages. The Christmas parade was cancelled due to inclement weather Saturday, but unrelated to the tornado.