Other Counties Suffer Few Injuries But Extensive Damage
Posted April 15, 1996
PILOT — April 16, 1996 - 11:57 a.m. EDT
As the path of Monday's tornado became more apparent in the light of day Tuesday, reports of damage, devastation and some looting came in from everywhere along the route.
While Zebulon and eastern Wake County suffered the most damage from Monday's storm and resulting tornados, there was plenty of activity in other counties as well.
In Granville County, Elizabeth Callis feared for her life as the tornado approached her trailer. She says she heard what sounded like a freight train and, the next thing she knew, her windows were crashing in and a tree fell on one end of her trailer, ripping through the roof.
In the Franklin County town of Pilot, north of Zebulon, trailers were demolished and trees and power lines were downed. Five people were injured there, and 15 homes were damaged or destroyed. One mobile home in the community was swept off its foundation and tossed into a lake.
South of the Triangle, in New Hill, officials say they're thankful there were no serious injuries or death, but that the area sustained considerable property damage as the tornado-producing storm worked its way northward toward Raleigh and Zebulon.
The storm took a northeasterly course through ten counties, leaving its heaviest imprint on Robeson, Cumberland, Harnett, Wake, Johnston, Franklin and the western edge of Nash.
Tornadic activity was reported at about 5:30 p.m. in Cumberland County and reached Zebulon in eastern Wake County by 6:15 p.m. Tornado warnings remained up until after 8 p.m. Monday in some affected areas