Deadly tornado in North Carolina leaves 43 dead

Deadly tornado in North Carolina leaves 43 dead

Raleigh : NC : USA | Apr 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM PDT
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Deadly tornado ripped through North Carolina leaving a heartbreaking aftermath; 43 people have been confirmed dead after the disaster.

Governor of North Carolina Beverly Perdue said on Monday that she has never seen such powerful tornadoes swirling in the state. "It was like paper doll houses that were collapsed," she said. "Thousands of pieces of furniture ... were strewn all over 25 counties. Lives disrupted, communities disrupted," she added.

The North Carolina tornadoes caused widespread damage. Hundreds of people had to be rushed to hospitals and search for survivors continue. According to North Carolina’s emergency management agency, more than 130 homes have been destroyed and more than 700 have been damaged. Trailor parks were also smashed by the tornado. Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina which is otherwise full of life and hustle, came to a deadly halt after the devastating tornado. Fallen trees and debris blocked major roads causing extreme difficulty for people to commute.

The tornado in North Carolina has been the worst since 1984 when 22 twisters killed 42 people. President Barack Obama has pledged his full support for the recovery in North Carolina after the tornado. The governor expressed her sorrow over the loss North Carolina has faced and said, "I don't know how we'll cope with that or what kind of assistance will be there — they need labor on the ground to plow and re-seed the fields. ... This is the first major agricultural hit North Carolina has ever had."

North Carolina had been posted with tornado warnings and people were reportedly reminded and requested to be cautious as the worst storm in generation was expected to slam into North Carolina. The tornado in North Carolina hit at 3:10 pm on Saturday, catching many people off guard. Many people experienced miraculous escapes which reinforced the cruelty of the force of nature and how helpless mankind is when faced with devastating natural calamities.

The tornadoes that hit North Carolina were part of a storm system that first struck Oklahoma on Thursday night and then ripped through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, killing at least 43 people before heading out to sea.

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