Deadly storms hit North Carolina

Courtesy: WECT
Courtesy: WECT

By: Craig Reck - bio | email

Governor Bev Perdue has declared a State of Emergency for North Carolina due to the severe weather and tornadoes Saturday.

At least ten people have died from the storms across the state.  Storms watchers said as many as 90 tornadoes swept across North Carolina Saturday.  Three victims were in Bladen County.

Tens of thousands of people were without power, and strong winds left damage across North Carolina.

One of the hardest hit areas was Bladen County.

Residents throughout Bladen County are picking up the pieces after a devastating storm rolled through their communities.

A mobile home in Bladenboro was completely leveled. No one was home when the powerful gust tore through the home. Chunks of siding flew across a field, across Highway 242 and landed in trees hundreds of feet away.

As of Saturday night, the Salano family was staying with family and friends.

Further north in Elizabethtown, numerous homes were without power after trees downed power lines along West Broad Street. Local law enforcement closed several blocks of West Broad because of the damage.

The Elizabethtown Baptist Church felt the wrath of the winds, which crumpled the church's new driveway arch.  Tree limbs and roof shingles littered the parking lot, while parishioners started their cleanup as soon as the coast was clear.

Preacher Chris Carroll said parishioners can expect to attend Sunday's 11 am service as usual.

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