Skip to comments.Large damaging intense Tornado moving into the Raleigh NC Metro
Posted on 04/16/2011 12:42:36 PM PDT by janetjanet998
on the ground now
very jaw dropping on the radar
WRAL weather links to stories/videos
BIL responds to text with a “Who r u”. I guess that means they are OK. :-)
“looters reported. Not sure where this is.”
Wherever it is, it’s DEFINITELY not Japan...*sigh*
Prayers for those south of us...
At least ten fatalities reported in North Carolina per the Storm Prediction Center storm reports.
Excellent! Glad to hear it. 8D
I’m not familiar with that organization. Can you provide a link?
I’d been holding out hope that there would be no fatalities here in NC, despite the clear severity of several of the tornadoes.
Sorry...I should have provided the link...once you click, scroll down and you will see the reports.
Some of the deaths were in South Carolina.
Glad you’re ok. Joining you in prayers.
Strike that...all fatalities were in North Carolina.
You’re right though, ten deaths from today’s tornadoes in North Carolina confirmed. Counties of Wake, Bladen, Lee, Cumberland and Johnston.
This is sad.
We were headed west on 440 and about 8 miles from home and I begged my husband to stop. He said we were OK and could make it home just fine but once he saw the tornado to our south he changed his tune. That thing was HUGE!
We pulled off on Capital Blvd. and took cover in an ABC liquor store since it was a mostly brick bldg. Shortly after we got inside the store lost power and we heard and saw the storm pass. We hung out for about 20 min. because the rain was so intense.
After we got home we watched the weather reports and saw that a trailer park was destroyed near where we were, according to Google Maps it is only about 3000 ft. from our location.
No damage at our house in N Raleigh, power was working once we got near home. Still continuous news on and we feel very lucky, apparently there were some fatalities in Raleigh and this was the same storm that did much more damage in Sanford.
NC reporting storm deaths, adding to 17 killed
RALEIGH, N.C. A brutal spring storm raged across North Carolina on Saturday, flattening businesses, flipping cars and destroying homes, leaving an unknown number of casualties from a system already blamed for killing 17 people in four states.
North Carolina officials said there were multiple fatalities and they were working to confirm the exact number. Urban search and rescue teams were in two counties looking for residents who might be trapped in damaged buildings.
Tornadoes, storms kill at least 20 in South
Reuters - Peggy Gargis and Harriet McLeod
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) Tornadoes tore into the Carolinas on Saturday afternoon as the death toll rose to 20 people from storms across the southern United States over the last three days.
A mechanic at a tire shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, said he took shelter in his truck while co-workers squeezed into an interior room when the storm hit on Saturday afternoon.
“It was one hell of a storm,” said Bryan Jackson. “I started to see the roof vibrate and then the roof separated and it was gone.”
Still listening to the scanner feed. When their tone gets quiet and somber I almost know what they’re dealing with.
The best in human nature surfaces in the most trying of times.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Sanford.
Glad you are safe and home.
SPC now reporting 14 fatalities in Askewville, NC...a town of only 180 people.
Current SPC fatality count in NC is 24 people.
WOW, didn't know it was that bad.
Thanks for the update.
We just heard 26 dead...on KNX LA radio.
Yeah, it’s bad. That number may go up some too; they have some reports of unconfirmed fatalities with no numbers attached to them yet.
Newport News Daily Press reports three dead this morning from the storm in Glocester VA.
Up in Bertie County south of Ahoskie first responders and volunteers are going door to door to check on residents. We’re lucky down in Wilson. We had a few homes destroyed out by Wiggins Mill, and a twister went through a business area doing some damage around the Forest Hills Rd / Tarboro St intersection. The CVS drugstore there took some serious damage. There have been some injuries, but so far it looks like we’ve escaped with property damage... no loss of lives.
Very glad to know you are safe. The reports of death and destruction are astounding. Thanks for your local report.
What a day yesterday - but everyone is safe here and that’s what counts!
Gloucester and Middlesex Counties in VA took massive damage from at least one tornado last night. 3 dead and 60+ injured. Teams are assessing damage extent today. This is within 10 miles up Rt 17 from us. Many roads are closed off; hundreds of trees down.
No, I wasn't saying you were unclear. My post was intended as a follow-up to your post that door-to-door searches in the rubble of Bertie County were taking place. Alas, the damage and death was as bad as your information implied.
Odd that various news sources had sharply different fatality counts for so long. xjesa reported shortly after 1 AM that the count in NC was 24, yet up to 7:30 AM, major radio stations and newspapers in Raleigh and Charlotte were saying 8 to 10 had died. Most are now saying 22 (down from 24), but I'm sure they're still searching through destroyed houses and buildings.
Hard to find good news here, but there is a piece of it: A Lowe's home improvement "big box" store in Sanford was almost completely destroyed -- but despite many customers who were no doubt there, it being Saturday, probably their biggest sales day, there appear to have been no fatalities. Store workers saw the tornado (if not the actual funnel, then a wall of airborne debris) moving toward the store, and herded all customers and staff into the back of the store, away from the glass front. Evidently, enough of the roof along the back wall held, though most of the store seems to have been flattened. A miracle, a great job by the staff, or a bit of both.
Here is the link to the morning paper.
It went by hitting the subdivisions along the southern edge of Ft Bragg - Lagrange, Summerhill, Cottonade, then over to Bonnie Doone, Eurika Springs and then over to Ramsey St.
The wife was dropping off one of the kids friends in King’s Grant when it hit. They were about 1/4 mile - maybe from the tornado and a tree was knocked over in the yard as they were pulling out of the driveway. They turned south on Ramsey and didn’t know what a close call they had until we started listening to the scanner.
We never lost power but it blinked a few times. Time Warner went out though as soon as the tornado hit. Lost phone, cable and internet until just a bit ago.
I just now got off the phone with my son. He and wife did well; they have power now. He was telling me about the amazing damage the tornados did, though. I’ve seen the destructive nature of these storms all my life. It never ceases to instill a sense of awe.
Weather Channel just confirmed 24.
Death toll rises to 39 from storms
The death toll from three days of severe storms and tornadoes in the southern United States rose to at least 39 on Sunday, with hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed in North Carolina alone, weather and emergency officials said.
and then this:
04/17/2011 @ 1: PM Roy Lee Stone (61) W/M of 2791 Poplar Springs Ch. Rd. Sanford and Larry Gray Knight Sr. (54) W/M of 2806 Lemon Springs Rd. Sanford were both arrested for stealing jewelry from a home that was destroyed by the tornado at 520 Polar Springs Ch. Rd. Deputies confronted the two after observing them walking through the debris at 520 Polar Springs Ch. Rd. The jewelry was identified by James Pope of 520 Poplar Springs Rd. Sanford. The jewelry was valued at over $15,000. Both Knight and Stone were held under $30,000 secured bond.
Along with photos of the perps.
Glad your family is ok. Joining you in the sense of awe.