Tornados devestate North Carolina, southern U.S.

By Calvin Swanson

A large storm, which spawned dozens of tornados, killed at least 43 people and has damgaged several homes as it passed through several southern states from Oklahoma to North Carolina.

The storm severely injured 130 people and left more than 84,000 people without power, according to a NY Times article. North Carolina, which was hit with the worst storm in two decades, reported 62 tornados Saturday night, according to a LA Times article.

The storm system started Thursday night in Oklahoma where it killed five people, according to the LA Times. The storm then proceeded to hit Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia leaving casualties in each state.

Maybe the worst-hit county was North Carolina's Bertie County, according to the NY Times. At least 10 people were killed and at least 50 were seriously injured in Bertie County, which is located 130 miles east of Raleigh.

The NY times reported North Carolina's death toll may have been higher if it was not for a manager at a Lowe's home improvement store in Sanford, 40 miles southwest of Raleigh. The manager's decision to relocate more than 100 customers and employees to the store's offices in the back may have saved several lives, the NY Times stated. The front of the store collapsed because of the storm, but no one was seriously injured because they were in cover in offices that were in a more fortified location.

The LA times reported the North Carolina Governor declared a state of emergency.

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