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Central, eastern NC picks up pieces from storms

Posted April 30, 2014
Updated May 1, 2014

— The tornados, high winds and thunderstorms that ravished central and eastern North Carolina Tuesday and Wednesday left behind a trail of destruction, from flooded streets and homes to trees crashing down on cars to property damage from strong winds.

In Conetoe, there’s little left of the Morning family barn after strong winds blew it away. Then lightning set fire to a tree on their property.

The family spent Wednesday picking up limbs and debris. 

“I’m glad nothing happened to the house,” said Kortia Morning. “I saw some roof had been torn down.”

That roof, belonging to a mobile home down the street, is now in a backyard. The home's front porch also toppled over.

Despite the damage, Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight considers his county lucky.

“We were blessed no one was injured so we count our blessings on that,” he said.

In Fayetteville, 15 people spent Wednesday night at Smith Recreation Center due to their homes being flooded.

“I knew it was coming so I kept going outside yelling ‘if you stop raining now I’ll be safe,’” said Magaret Covington, who was staying at the temporary storm shelter.

But the rain kept falling and water kept rising around her childhood home.

“The water was above the deck,” she said.

Her entire backyard became a pond. Flood waters also covered the lower level of her home. Covington was able to stay, but now her walls are caving in.

“You panic, hyperventilate, you cry, call all your friends and it's like oh my God, and then you say okay, let's just take care of it,” she said.

Jutoya Phillips and her children ended up at the recreation center after their home was flooded by a nearby creek.

“The floor boards have came up, the carpet is gone and it smells like mildew, dirt and mud,” she said. “It looks pretty bad in there.”

Phillips hopes her landlord will help her family find temporary housing while their home is cleaned.

Like others, Covington is appreciative, especially since she was prepared.

“I refinanced last year and had to get FEMA so I’m insured for the first time ever,” she said. “So I'm very, very thankful."

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