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Memories still sharp for Triangle tornado victims

Posted May 21, 2013

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— The images of devastation left by the monster tornado that struck Moore, Okla., have brought back tough memories for those who lived through the tornado that ripped through the Triangle two years ago.

Neighbors on Serendipity Drive in north Raleigh say they are closer than ever after surviving a tornado together. As they watched the news about Oklahoma on Tuesday, they empathized with the victims.

“It was kind of like a dream,” said Natasha Withers, recalling how her home was destroyed by a tornado in 2011. “It was like, ‘Is this really what’s going on?’ I couldn’t really get a grasp of what’s going on.”

The garage and second floor of her home disappeared while her family was out to dinner.

“When I saw the news coverage of what was going on in Oklahoma, it took me back to that day,” she said.

Two years later, Withers says, it's still hard to watch coverage of a tornado on the news.

“It really hit me hard thinking about what could've happened if my child would've been getting out of school at that same time,” she said.

It took almost seven months to rebuild her home. She knows it will likely take much more for the victims of Oklahoma.

“We were able to find some wedding photos and a baby album, but those people have nothing,” Withers said. “I mean, complete devastation.”

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  • easternNCborn May 22, 2013

    So true....the same weekend, a tornado struck the town of Colerain in Bertie County. Twelve people were killed in a town with a population of approximately 200. It's NEVER mentioned by the media when they do a story on the damage in Lee and Wake County.

  • DaddysAngel27 May 21, 2013

    I also remember the tornado then hit in the city limits of Wilson County as well. There have been quite a bit of tornadoes in the Nash County area too in the past few years. Other counties and cities other than Raleigh has been devastated by tornadoes as well.