Residents in Askewville, North Carolina on Sunday mourned the dead, marveled at their own survival and began to clean up devastated neighborhoods after tornadoes killed at least 45 people, according to The Detroit Free Press.
Observers reported more than 60 tornadoes across North Carolina on Saturday resulting in the state's 21 confirmed deaths, said the Detroit Free Press.
The violent weather began Thursday in Oklahoma before cutting across the country on Friday and hitting North Carolina and Virginia on Saturday, according to the Detroit Free Press article.
On Sunday, the National Weather Service sent out teams to investigate the damage and to determine if it was done by the reported tornadoes, according to the Carolina Live website.
Their survey concluded 7 tornadoes touched down while one other suspected tornado has been confirmed as a microburst. A microburst is an intense wind generated by a thunderstorm that quickly descends to the ground producing extensive damage in a relatively small area, said the Caroline Live website.
Saturday was North Carolina's deadliest day for tornadoes since 1984, according to The Detroit Free Press.