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Fierce Storms Damage Robeson County

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ST. PAULS — People in Robeson county say they watched indisbelief Saturday night as strongwinds and hail lifted their homes and mangled much of their property.

Robeson County authorities say tornados hit in the northern part ofthe county near Red Springs and Saint Pauls. Reports indicated the tornados toppled at least one mobile home and downed trees and utility lines throughoutthe region.

One teen near Red Springs-Saint Pauls says a tornado knockedhim clear across his front yard. That was before a strong wind gusttwisted the family's satellite dish and blew a trampoline over the top oftheir mobile home.

Douglas Bass says the area turned very dark, so that he could barelysee. And then he was caught up by the wind and tossed in a back flip.

Witnesses say, in that same neighborhood, another trailer overturned andtrapped a man inside. Folks with the Robeson County E-M-S say no onewas seriously hurt.

David Carter, emergency management coordinator for Robeson County, saysthe roofs of several homes were damaged by fallen trees, but Carter sayshe is not aware of any serious injuries.

The St. Pauls Police Department says a tornado overturned a mobilehome east of that town, and storage sheds were ripped apart throughout thearea.

Chuck Holtzinger of the National Weather Service in Wilmington saysthe tornado winds probably reached in excess of 150 miles per hour.

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