Death toll at 23 from NC storms
Posted April 18, 2011 4:54 p.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2011 5:14 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Bladen County authorities on Monday reported a fourth casualty from the tornadoes and severe storms that struck the state on Saturday.
On Sunday, the National Weather Service received reports that three people died in Bladen County. Information about where the fourth victim was found was not released.
The fatality brings the number of people across the state who died in the storms to 23.. More than 130 people were injured when the severe weather struck at least 20 counties.
Fatalities also occur ed in Wake, Johnston, Cumberland, Harnett, Lee and Bertie counties, said Julia Jarema, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.
The worst-hit area appears to be Bertie County, where authorities say 11 people are dead. About 75 people were going from door to door looking for victims and survivors Sunday.
Several of the dead were from one family, Bertie County Manager Zee Lamb said.
Raleigh authorities confirmed that three family members died in the Stony Brook North mobile home park, off Brentwood Road. Christina Alvarez and four children hid inside a closet when the tornado swept through the area. But a tree fell on the home and three of the children – Daniel Nino, 9, Kevin Coronado, 3, and Osvaldo Coronado, 8 – were killed instantly, authorities said Sunday.
Alvarez was holding an infant girl, who was listed in critical condition at WakeMed on Monday. Alvarez, who was knocked out by the blast, is the mother of the infant and Nino. The Coronado boys are her nephews.
Two people were killed in Broadway in Lee County and one died on Juniper Church Road near Benson in Johnston County.
Cumberland County authorities said that one person died on Vault Field Road in Linden.
Some of the 80 people who required hospitalization suffered severe injuries, Jarema said.
Marine officials said that a child was seriously injured at Camp Lejeune and flown to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.
Cumberland County authorities said they treated 50 people at field clinics and took 35 to local hospitals. Seven people were injured in Sampson County.