Raleigh storm photos, videos, stories
Tuesday marks the second anniversary of a series of deadly tornadoes that ripped through North Carolina, killing 24 people and damaging or destroying thousands of homes.
Last year's April 16 tornadoes left a wide path of destruction, but no area was hit harder in Wake County than Stony Brook - a neighborhood of mobile homes in northeast Raleigh, made up mostly of Hispanic people, many of whom spoke very little English. But their story of rebuilding can be understood in any language.
A year after a tornado shut down Shaw University, students are back in class, the cafeteria has reopened and more than two dozen buildings have been repaired.
Survivors, the bereaved and the people who helped them are marking one year since a swarm of lethal tornadoes ripped across North Carolina. Two dozen people died in the April 16, 2011 outbreak.
One year after tornadoes whipped through their Raleigh home, the Wiggs family celebrated Saturday. Their neighbors on King Charles Road in Raleigh paid tribute to life - the first birthday of Hudson Wiggs and the survival they all shared on April 16, 2011.
Juan Rodriguez, his wife and their baby have weathered their share of hardship this year.
"I had two choices: either sit out on the couch all day doing nothing or come out and try to help people out here," volunteer Al Mignacci said. He's been helping out 12 hours a day after tornadoes struck Raleigh on April 16.
In many cases, repairing tornado-damaged homes takes longer than building a house from scratch, contractors said Wednesday.
Housing inspectors have started issuing notices to Raleigh residents that they must remove any remaining debris from the tornado three months ago or face penalties if the city is forced to clean it up.
Shattered by an April tornado, the McKinley Mill neighborhood in northeast Raleigh is slowly on the mend.
A community group is stepping into the void left by the cancellation of the popular Raleigh Wide Open festival and will throw an event to raise money for victims of the April tornadoes and honor first responders.
Eleven weeks after a tornado ripped apart their home, a Raleigh family celebrated a homecoming Friday.
The grandson of a couple buried in one of Raleigh's historic cemeteries is questioning why the city has neglected to clean up grave sites after a tornado ripped through the area more than two months ago.
A concert held in Raleigh on Friday night helped raise $21,329 for victims of the April 16 tornado.
Members of the band Motor Skills gladly donated their time and skills Friday as part of a benefit concert at the downtown Raleigh Amphitheater. They were among 12 bands to perform Friday in a free concert where listeners were asked to donate to four non-profit organizations helping Raleigh residents recover and rebuild in the wake of the tornadoes that struck the city April 16.
Business owners near downtown Raleigh are struggling to reopen their doors three weeks after a powerful tornado carved a path of destruction along South Saunders Street.
The Raleigh City Council will consider a measure to give loans to residents whose homes were badly damaged by tornadoes in April.
The City of Raleigh on Wednesday announced the line-up for the June 3 concert to benefit the victims of last month's tornadoes. A dozen performers will take the stage at Raleigh's downtown amphitheater that evening beginning at 5 p.m.
Change and chaos blew in on April 16 for students and teachers at Raleigh's Ligon Middle School when a band of damaging tornadoes swept across the capital city. On Friday night, almost a month after the storms brought destruction to the neighborhoods around Ligon, the school hosted a benefit concert to raise money to help with that rebuilding effort.
Wake County on Friday moved 86 people left homeless by last month's tornado out of temporary apartments into "more sustainable housing."
Raleigh officials said Thursday that crews have picked up about 90 percent of the debris left behind from the storms last month - 90 percent of the debris that they plan to pick up, that is.
Residents of a Raleigh mobile home community that was heavily damaged by a tornado on April 16 are accusing the company that owns Stony Brook North of bulldozing homes without residents' knowledge.
Nearly two weeks after tornadoes and other severe weather ripped through eastern and central North Carolina, cleanup efforts continued Wednesday for Raleigh residents like Anna Johnson.
The 155 people who have been living in shelters Garner and Wake Forest moved Friday to more permanent quarters on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Insurance companies have dispatched disaster-response teams to North Carolina to begin handling damage claims from last weekend's tornadoes, but adjusters said Friday that the process will take time.
Since Saturday's violent storms sent a tree crashing through the roof of her Brentwood Road apartment, Sonja Orr has been locked out.
Along Sheffield Road in east Raleigh,the difference between storm damage and recovery can be measured in blocks or even the width of the street.
A Willow Spring girl and her family have spent six days looking for a family pet lost in last Saturday's storms.
Sonja Orr's townhouse was damaged in Saturday's storms, and she has not been about to get in to retrieve her belongings.
A tornado tore along South Saunders Street in Raleigh on April 16, 2011.
Residents, workers and business owners in south Raleigh said Friday that conditions are steadily improving since a tornado tore through the area six days ago.
The box traveled about 60 miles from the Sanford business, which was hit by a tornado during Saturday's severe weather.
Clean-up began on Thursday at Shaw University in Raleigh, where damage from Saturday's storms caused classes to be suspended for the duration of the semester.
Four men have been charged with stealing scrap metal from a south Raleigh business that was damaged in Saturday's storms, police said Thursday.
Many residents of Stony Brook Mobile Home Park in Raleigh returned Wednesday to find piles of rubble and a few scattered belongings.
Residents of the Stony Brook North mobile home park watched and waited Monday as Raleigh police allowed them to re-enter their damaged community for the first time since Saturday's storms.
Four days after killer storms swept across 32 counties in central North Carolina, the power is back on for most of those affected, Progress Energy said late Wednesday afternoon. The utility expected to have the lights on for all customers by midnight.
A few households were still without power Wednesday, four days after tornadoes swept through North Carolina.
Students at Saint Augustine's College returned to class Tuesday amid the hum of chainsaws and the roar of heavy machinery three days after severe storms rocked the downtown Raleigh campus.
Residents of east Raleigh's Marlborough Road near Enloe High School were saying prayers of thanks and brandishing chainsaws Tuesday as the cleanup from a powerful weekend storm entered its third day.
Volunteers and neighbors helped salvage items and clear debris from damaged in the McKinley Mill subdivision in northeast Raleigh.
About 200 volunteers from the disaster relief group N.C. Baptist Men are going from one neighborhood to the next, looking for people who need the help, cutting up hundreds of trees and preparing thousands of meals.
Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and other city officials discussed the progress of recovering from weekend storms.
Shaw University administrators were trying to arrange for buses to get students home. Shaw canceled the last two weeks of class and final exams for the spring semester because of damage on campus.
About a dozen homes were shredded by the tornado in Raleigh's McKinley Mills community.
Storm damage at the historic City Cemetery in downtown Raleigh on April 16, 2011.
WRAL News reporter Mike Charbonneau reports from Serendipity Drive in the McKinley Mills neighborhood that was shredded by Saturday's tornado.
Three boys were killed when a tree hit the mobile home where they took shelter as a tornado rolled through Raleigh, WRAL News' Adam Owens reports.
WRAL News reporter Erin Hartness reports from Wake County, south of Rolesville, where an entire street sustained serious damage from Saturday's storms.
Gov. Bev Perdue and Sen. Kay Hagan visited Shaw University Sunday, where classes have been canceled for the duration of the semester after a tornado battered the campus.
Time-lapse video of a tornado from the top of RBC Plaza on April 16, 2011.
Sky 5 provides coverage of storm damage in downtown and south Raleigh.
WRAL News photographer Chad Flowers was on top of the RBC Plaza in downtown Raleigh monitoring the storm.
This video shows a round of severe storms as they move through downtown Raleigh. (Submitted by Scott Hertzog)
WRAL News reporter Mike Charbonneau reports on storm damage on Yonkers Road near the beltline.
WRAL News reporter Bruce Mildwurf is in downtown Raleigh off South Saunders Street surveying storm damage.
WRAL News reporter Mike Charbonneau is in north Raleigh providing updates on the tornado that plowed through the Yonkers Road area.
Sky 5 flies over destroyed mobile homes in the Stony Brook mobile home park near Brentwood Road in Raleigh.
WRAL News reporter Mike Charbonneau has the latest on a tornado that touched down in Raleigh, ripping through homes and businesses.