Sunday, April 17, 2011

Two dozen might be dead after NC storms

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Two dozen people might have been killed by severe storms and tornadoes that struck at least 20 counties in North Carolina Saturday, according to preliminary reports Sunday.
WRAL News has confirmed 18 deaths, while the National Weather Service received preliminary reports of 24 deaths.
The worst-hit area appears to be Bertie County, where authorities say 10 people are dead and one is missing. About 75 people are going from door-to-door looking for victims and survivors Sunday.
Several of the dead were all from one family, Bertie County Manager Zee Lamb said.
"It's very devastating. These kinds of fatalities are not something we're used to," Lamb said.
Raleigh authorities confirmed that three people died in the Stony Brook North mobile home park, off Brentwood Road. Residents said they saw two young children trapped underneath large trees and fear the children are dead.
Cumberland County authorities said that one person died on Vault Field Road in Linden.
As well, preliminary reports to the NWS indicate that three people died in Bladen County, two around Broadway in Lee County and one died on Juniper Church Road near Benson in Johnston County.
No immediate toll on injuries was available, but the prospects were grim for areas badly hit.
Authorities are also searching for a missing toddler in Dunn in Harnett County. A child was seriously injured at Camp Lejeune and flown to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.
Cumberland County authorities said they treated 50 people at field clinics and took 35 to local hospitals. Seven people were injured in Sampson County.
RELATED TOPICS: Cumberland County, Bertie County, National Weather Service, Harnett County, Bladen County, Johnston County, Sampson County, Lee County, Brentwood, Linden, Raleigh, Tornado

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