Robeson Residents Clean Up After Heavy Rain, Flooding
Posted September 8, 2004 6:00 a.m. EDT
FAIRMONT, N.C. — The National Weather Service has not confirmed whether an actual tornado touched down in southern Robeson County. Still, residents are cleaning up after strong winds and rain tore through parts of the county.
From wind to water, Robeson County saw it all Wednesday. Flooding forced UNC-Pembroke to cancel class for the day. Many people were knee-deep in the mess.
"There's water everywhere. It's really deep," UNC-Pembroke student Will Leggett said.
Farther south, winds, not water, did damage. Betsy Taylor lost her roof in the storm. She was home at the time.
"It was there. It was gone -- just a split second," she said.
Officials say the safest place to be during a tornado is on the lowest floor of the building in a hallway or closet. Also, use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.