Everything just splintered including trees and houses, at least 45 people were killed, and hundreds were injured or left homeless after tornadoes struck Oklahoma on Thursday, then swept through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia before moving out to sea Sunday.
One victim, Angelina McCaizie told The Associated Press she had been cooking when she saw the winds and rain mount to frightening proportions. She shepherded her children, nephew and brother into the kitchen and squatted on the floor. They waited until the storm had passed. Then she went outside and saw neighbors were bleeding or nursing broken limbs, the New York Times reported.
According to emergency management officials in the state tornadoes roared through North Carolina Saturday afternoon and evening, killing at least 22 people, and sending 130 to hospitals, some with critical injuries. The storm also destroyed 60 homes and heavily damaged 400 more, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Patty McQuillan, a public information officer for the state's Division of Emergency Management, told the New York Times that the series of tornadoes was the worst to strike the state since March 1984, when 42 people were killed.
According to the Wall Street Journal, after struck North Carolina, the storm system caused severe weather in eastern Virginia and also heavy rain in the New York City region before heading out to sea Sunday.