Strong spring storm rips through rural Pitt County

Posted March 21, 2012 10:39 p.m. EDT
Updated March 21, 2012 11:15 p.m. EDT

— Strong spring storms rolled through parts of North Carolina Wednesday afternoon, hitting the Pitt County town of Stokes with torrential rain and whipping winds.

Emergency calls began flooding in after 3 p.m. from people reporting down power lines, damaged homes and leveled outbuildings.

Connie Briley, who lives on N.C. Highway 30, said the wind peeled parts of her home's siding away and sent her carport crashing down on the car she got just two months ago.

"My carport – it just came right up out of the ground," she said.

But she wasn't hurt and the damage could have been worse, she said.

"I am OK, and (the damage) can be fixed," Briley said.

Across the street, the storm wrecked a two-story barn on a neighbor's property, ripping off the building's second story and sending metal debris hurling to the ground.

"Words can't describe it," Briley said.

No injuries were reported.