Gov. McCrory tours eastern NC tornado damage

Posted April 27, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014

— Gov. Pat McCrory visited eastern North Carolina Sunday to tour areas damaged by at least eight tornadoes that struck the state on Friday.

McCrory was joined by other officials in Chowan County, where an 11-month-old boy died Sunday morning from injuries from Friday's storms. Chowan County emergency management director Cordell Palmer could not provide additional details about the boy's death.

"All of North Carolina is grieving over the loss of such an innocent life," McCrory said in a statement Sunday night. "(My wife) Ann and I will be praying for the family as it copes with this terrible loss."

Dozens of others were injured, including a Perquimans County resident who suffered a major head injury.

While in Chowan County, McCrory saw damage in Edenton from a tornado that forecasters say had maximum winds of around 125 mph. That tornado also was one of two twisters Friday to damage neighborhoods around Elizabeth City.

Tornadoes also touched down in Beaufort, Pitt, Halifax and Pasquotank counties, the National Weather Service confirmed Saturday.

On Sunday, the NWS confirmed two additional tornadoes in Greene County – an EF0 – with winds up to 85 mph – that briefly touched down near Kearney Cemetery Road, about 5 miles west-northwest of Snow Hill. An EF1 tornado – with winds up to 110 mph – struck near Old Beamon Creek Road, about 6 miles north of Snow Hill.

More than 325 homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed by the storms with Beaufort County bearing the brunt of the damage. Nearly 200 homes and buildings were destroyed or damaged, primarily in the Chocowinity and Whichards Beach area.

Four historic structures were damaged in Edenton.

State Emergency Management officials say they need to do more assessments before they can request any federal disaster declarations.

It could take a week for that to happen.

"We, as a government, are going to try to do everything we can to provide the best service we can to get these people's lives back on track as quick as possible," McCrory said.

Meanwhile, the American Red Cross has been assisting tornado victims. Snowd Branch Church of God, at 328 Voa Road in Washington in Beaufort County, remained open Sunday.

Donations can be made by visiting the American Red Cross website, by calling 800-733-2767 or sending a text message with the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Contributions can also be sent by mail to a local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross via P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.


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  • MrX-- Apr 28, 2014

    This is what every governor does in every state, it is an American tradition. What is also an American tradition is to criticize the governor for doing this if you are not a supporter of that governor.

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 28, 2014

    I'd rather have Perdue who did nothing than this man who's done nothing right since he stepped into office.

  • Fanny Chmelar Apr 28, 2014
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    I'm' not whining so much as pointing out that he has reduced himself to a joke.

    Anything that looks like sincerity is now read as a completely selfish political move suspect to criticism.

    For example: "We, as a government, are going to try to do everything we can to provide the best service we can to get these people's lives back on track as quick as possible," McCrory said.

    What is he going to do? In the past he has cut benefits, shifted the tax burden, enacted rights-restricting legislation and (well, we all know what's been going on). What's this "everything" he'll try to do... craft emergency relief assistance and tack on some abortion restrictions?

    The State is still assessing the damage to get federal help... and prayer is all he's doing right now?

    Cynicism is deserved.

  • rduwxboy Apr 28, 2014

    The destruction from the Legislative Building is EF700 on the scale.

  • findoutthefacts Apr 28, 2014

    You'd whine if he went, you'd whine if he didn't.

    Sooner or later you whiny liberals will realize no one pays attention to you and your ignorant, whiny statements.

  • 678devilish Apr 28, 2014

    I cannot wait to vote McCrory out and get a new governor who is really for the people of North Carolina. Look at what this man has done to the teachers and the unemployed people who were laid off. Its time for a new governor. Its voting time. So choose someone who is going to be there for you. McCrory is not that person.

  • Apr 28, 2014

    No amount or intensity of tornadoes could even begin to approach the damage that this one man has done to our great state. His partners in the GA have laid waste to every person who calls NC home. We can recover from the damage a storm does, but can we recover from the right wing wind blowing from Raleigh?

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 28, 2014

    He probably surveyed the area so he could inform his buddies at Duke of potential new areas to dump coal ash.

  • Richard Hertz Apr 28, 2014
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    The Gov should not be out and about in my opinion. What is he going to do? These people that were affected should be calling their insurance companies not the government. Personal property equals personal responsbility.

  • Michael Hart Apr 28, 2014
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    to all them po' folk he cut all the benefits to?
    what resource's would those be? Fema? Red cross? they are all Federal agencies... sheep