Storms cause damage in Robeson, Scotland counties

Posted May 11, 2009

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— High winds damaged several homes in Robeson County early Monday and downed trees in neighboring Scotland County, authorities said.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service determined that straight-line winds gusting at 125 mph caused the damage and that no tornadoes touched down in the area.

Robeson County storm damage Woman injured as storms destroy Lumberton homes

Four or five homes were damaged along Elton's Road and Sadie Drive, off N.C. Highway 72 southeast of Lumberton, said Charles Britt, Robeson County Emergency Management director. Numerous trees were down, knocking power out in some areas, he said.

Virginia Britt said she had taken her grandson to school when she heard a tornado might have touched down near her Sadie Drive home. She rushed home to find her room torn off and her living room in shambles, but she said she was more concerned about her daughter-in-law, who lives next door.

"I had Ginger on my mind because I knew she was home, and I said, 'Oh my god ... Ginger is in there,'" said Britt, no relation to Charles Britt.

Ginger Britt's double-wide mobile home was blown off its foundation and blasted to pieces. The storm tossed bits of insulation and other pieces of the home into some nearby woods.

"Everything they had is gone. We just want everyone to pray that Ginger will be OK," said Pam Green, her sister-in-law. "Our family will be OK if Ginger will be OK. Our family will get through it."

Ginger Britt suffered several broken bones and was in the intensive-care unit at Southeast Regional Medical Center Monday evening.

Green said her sister-in-law already has survived cervical and thyroid cancers and has had a kidney removed.

"She has just been an inspiration to everyone she knows. The doctors thought that she wouldn't have still been here," Green said.

In neighboring Scotland County, high winds toppled trees in the Barnes Bridge and South Turnpike areas in Laurinburg. No homes were damaged, but the winds blew the roof off of a barn, seriously injuring two horses and downed a number of trees off Tartan Road, near the Scotch Meadows Country Club south of town.

The weather service reported that penny-sized hail also fell about 4 miles south-southwest of Maxton. Numerous trees were also reported down along U.S. Highway 301 near Raynham.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the storms occurred along a boundary that separated warm, humid air over South Carolina and cooler air over the Triangle and much of eastern North Carolina.

Monday's high temperature at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport was 68 degrees, which was recorded at 3:30 a.m. Temperatures fell throughout the day and were in the upper 50s much of the day, Fishel said. The normal high for May 11 is 78 degrees.

Showers lingered in the Triangle during the morning before giving way to thick clouds.

"We still have some clouds to deal with ... but then much drier air will come in behind that (Tuesday), and after a little bit of morning fog, it should turn into a stellar day," Fishel said.

After another seasonal day Wednesday, moist air from the Atlantic Ocean will move across the state, increasing the chance of afternoon storms for several days, he said.

"Once we get into that pattern, it's going to be with us for a while," he said.


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  • egh May 11, 2009

    I'm from Lumberton and I don't think it's lame,my daughers home is on 74 and Im just glad she and her family is ok.

    I don't live there any more but all my family does.

    God Bless

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop May 11, 2009

    Wolfpack12 - it may be "lame" but that doesn't mean people's homes should be damaged and possibly worse.

    As for the injured, The Fayetteville Observer posted that the she is being transported to Duke....praying for you and your family Ginger.

  • time4real May 11, 2009

    nope! saw the sun at 11:52! and, it was in the "viewing area!"

  • rescuefan May 11, 2009

    bet the sun is out by noon!

    The sun's not out yet. Are you going to come back and apologize?

    I hope everyone is okay down there!

  • 42ITUS May 11, 2009

    Ironic that I find out in a Raleigh website that a tornado might have touched down a block from my house! I wondered what was going on when I heard thunder, wind, torrential rain, and hail falling. Then the power went out and it was dark as night outside.

  • TeresaBee May 11, 2009

    I hope the folks are ok there. I'll tell you what. I am freeezing here in Raleigh.

  • lunamag May 11, 2009

    Anyone know how much damage was done on Hwy72 south of Lumberton. I was coming back from the beach and had to stay on 74. Looked like power was out and many trees down.

  • Commentor5 May 11, 2009

    No Rain

  • time4real May 11, 2009

    bet the sun is out by noon!

  • mewubbau May 11, 2009

    It was soooo hard getting up this a.m., but I'm trucking along! I hope everybody has a great Monday!