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Nov 16th, 2006, 03:26 PM
At least 3 dead as storms hit N.C.

By ESTES THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer 23 minutes ago

Thunderstorms that tore up homes and buildings across the South hit North Carolina early Thursday, killing at least three people there and leaving thousands without power. The storms had already claimed one victim in Louisiana.

In the area of Riegelwood, just west of the coastal city of Wilmington, authorities said they were investigating reports that others may be trapped or dead from the storms. "We have some very serious injuries and several fatalities, but I don't have a definite number right now," said Brandie Chapman, an administrative assistant at the Columbus County Emergency Management office.

The state Highway Patrol confirmed two people were killed Thursday when high winds destroyed a house Riegelwood, a community on the Cape Fear River. "There may be more deaths, but that's not been confirmed yet. We're just waiting on more details," said Highway Patrol Lt. Everett Clendenin.

The Charlotte Observer also reported that one person died in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 about five miles north of the city amid the heavy rain. No other details were immediately available.
Several states have been battered by the storms which began Wednesday, unleashing tornadoes and straight-line winds that overturned mobile homes and tractor-trailers, uprooted trees and knocked down power lines.

A tornado cut a path about two miles wide and three or four miles long in Greensburg, La., north of New Orleans, toppling trees and damaging buildings and power lines, said Maj. Michael Martin of the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office. A 43-year-old man was killed when the trailer he was in was destroyed, he said."That home just exploded," said Gordon Burgess, president of neighboring Tangipahoa Parish. In Montgomery, Ala., high winds destroyed a skating rink Wednesday soon after 31 preschoolers and four adults fled to the only part of the building that turned out to be safe. One child suffered a broken bone and another a cut to the head, but everyone else emerged unharmed from the crumpled wreck of the Fun Zone Skate Center, which doubled as a day-care facility.

In Mississippi's Lamar County, emergency operations center director James Smith said a possible tornado struck a subdivision outside Sumrall around 2:50 a.m., damaging or destroying 11 homes. Smith said six people were taken to hospitals from the Sumrall area, and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said two other people were injured in Greene County.

In North Carolina on Thursday, high winds injured two people, one critically, in Iredell County, The Charlotte Observer reported. Fallen trees blocked roads in Lincoln County, the newspaper reported. Another possible tornado struck about midnight in eastern Gaston County, where a steeple was destroyed and part of the roof ripped off a church. Duke Energy reported nearly 3,000 customers without power in Gaston County, about 1,200 outages in Iredell County, and nearly 900 outages in Lincoln County.

Nov 16th, 2006, 03:28 PM
ok, this is my county and there is 5 confirmed dead but there are reports that's it's 8 and that there are still more bodies. I don't know if that's just gossip that is exaggerated. I hope it is. :(

Nov 16th, 2006, 03:29 PM
oh and there are 4 kids (teenagers) in critical condition in the hospital.

Nov 16th, 2006, 04:02 PM
It's starting to look like it could be more than 5-7... Reporter just reported running into a family who lost all members of their family except one great grandchild. :( They said they went to find them and didn't see the house at all and found their child, spouse, and grandchild dead in the woods. :sobbing:

Nov 16th, 2006, 04:15 PM
:sad: That's terrible. Mother nature is on a rampage lately.

Nov 16th, 2006, 10:34 PM
I think the death toll is going to stand at 7...at least I hope no one else dies or they find anyone else dead. :tears:

Nov 16th, 2006, 10:35 PM
wow this is really terrible!!!

Nov 17th, 2006, 12:28 AM
I was thinking about you when I heard about this. I'm glad you and your family are doing ok.

Nov 17th, 2006, 12:34 AM
I was thinking about you when I heard about this. I'm glad you and your family are doing ok.


Nov 17th, 2006, 03:50 AM
Here's the final count. 8 :tears:

Tornado flips cars, homes in N.C.; 8 die

By ESTES THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 13 minutes ago

A tornado flipped cars, shredded trees and ripped mobile homes to pieces in this little riverside community early Thursday, killing at least eight people, authorities said.
The disaster brought the two-day death toll from a devastating line of thunderstorms that swept across the South to 12.
Kip Godwin, chairman of the Columbus County Commission in North Carolina, said authorities had concluded their search of the area where the eight people died — a cluster of mobile homes and an adjacent neighborhood of brick homes — and had accounted for everyone.
Twelve people were hospitalized, including four children in critical condition, hospital officials said.
The storms, which began Wednesday, unleashed tornadoes and straight-line winds that overturned mobile homes and tractor-trailers, uprooted trees and knocked down power lines across the South.
In Louisiana, a man died Wednesday when a tornado struck his home. In South Carolina, a utility worker checking power lines Thursday during the storm was electrocuted. In North Carolina, two people died in car crashes as heavy rain pounded the state, dropping as much as five inches in some areas.
Off the coast, a Coast Guard helicopter lowered a pump to a fishing boat that was taking on water in 15-foot seas about 50 miles from Charleston. One crewman was aboard the 34-foot boat, which the Coast Guard escorted back to land.
The tornado that struck Riegelwood — situated on the Cape Fear River about 20 miles west of Wilmington — hit shortly after 6:30 a.m.
"There was no warning. There was no time," said Cissy Kennedy, a radiologist's assistant who lives in the area. "It just came out from nowhere."
As many as 40 mobile homes were damaged before the tornado crossed a highway and leveled three brick homes. About 100 people were left homeless, and dozens planned to sleep at a shelter at a nearby elementary school. At least two of the dead were children, Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said.
Household debris, including carpet and a laundry basket, was scattered along a road. The storm dumped a minivan in a ditch, and an open refrigerator that still had food inside was filled with rainwater.
County Commissioner Sammie Jacobs said that four to five mobile homes were demolished, and that there were "houses on top of cars and cars on top of houses."
"We've stepped across bodies to get to debris and search for other bodies here this morning," Jacobs said.
The storm knocked out power to 45,000 customers in North Carolina. But the electricity was back on in most places by mid-afternoon.
The storm system also caused minor flooding in the Washington area, where rescuers grabbed several people stranded in their vehicles, and slowed commuters along most of the East Coast.
In upstate New York, sections of Interstate 88 were closed after mudslides caused a multi-vehicle crash, seriously injuring one person. Drivers abandoned vehicles in high water, and rain washed out several roads and flooded hundreds of basements in the Binghamton area, police said.
Rain had eased or stopped in most areas by Friday evening as the system moved north and east.
Associated Press writer Mike Baker in Raleigh contributed to this report.

Nov 17th, 2006, 04:51 AM
This is one of the two reasons I would never live in a mobile home. :help:

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not that brick houses faired any better

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