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Wayne County families cleaning up after tornado

Posted February 22

Corey Bryan surveys storm damage to a mobile home on his family's Wayne County farm on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

— One day after a tornado touched down near his family's hog farm in Wayne County, Grantham resident Corey Bryan spent much of the day Saturday trying to salvage belongings and memories from a leveled mobile home.

"It brought me to tears, it really did," Bryan said. "That was my first reaction."

According to the National Weather Service, an EF-1 tornado touched down around 1:30 p.m. It was one of three twisters reported as a line of strong thunderstorms raced through central North Carolina. 

Two EF-0 tornadoes touched down in Robeson County – one near Pembroke and the other in Saint Pauls. A designation of EF0 is based on a survey of damage and means the storm packed wind gusts of 65 to 85 mph.

No one was living in the mobile home at the time of the storm, but Bryan said it housed a lifetime of treasures. 

 "I probably lost thousands of dollars in comic books," he said.

The tornado also damaged two barns, a storage building and the fencing on the family farm. Farm owner Jaxie Bryan described the event as unbelievable. 

"I am just thankful that no one was in the trailer at the time the storm hit," she said. 

According to the National Weather Service, the path of damage was 175 yards wide in some places in Wayne County. The estimated maximum wind speed for the tornado was 100 mph. 

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