Tornadoes Hit North Carolina Hard

A week ago we were blogging about record-setting tornadoes in Wisconsin. Now it’s North Carolina’s turn.

A spring storm system that began Thursday night generated dozens of tornadoes and left a trail of damage, destruction and fatalities from Oklahoma to the Eastern Seaboard, culminating in Saturday’s event in North Carolina where some 92 twisters are reported to have hit.

The New York Times reports that the storms left at least 43 people dead and injured hundreds more. While it’s too early to put an estimate on damages, the NYT indicates they will most certainly run into the tens of millions of dollars.

Over at Wunderblog, Dr. Jeff Masters singles out Askewville in northeast North Carolina and the Raleigh area as those hardest hit by Saturday’s tornadoes. He says:

The 22 deaths in North Carolina made yesterday’s [Saturday’s] outbreak the deadliest day for tornadoes in the state since 1984, when the infamous March 28 tornado outbreak killed 57 people and injured 1,248.†

Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on tornadoes. Check out this  I.I.I. brochure on how to settle claims after a disaster.

And here’s the view from the radar (courtesy of WunderBlog) as the F-3 tornado hit downtown Raleigh on Saturday afternoon.


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