Emotions linger for Raleigh residents in wake of storms

Posted April 27, 2011 5:40 p.m. EDT
Updated April 27, 2011 6:49 p.m. EDT

— Nearly two weeks after tornadoes and other severe weather ripped through eastern and central North Carolina, cleanup efforts continued Wednesday for Raleigh residents like Anna Johnson.

Johnson spent the day sifting through the wreckage of her King Charles Road home.

The house she has lived in for the past 32 years now has a gaping hole in the second-floor living room.

“It hurts,” Johnson said of seeing the damage.

Johnson said she is stressed out about what items can be saved and how long she will be out of her home.

“It’s so many things, so many phases running through my head,” she said.

Johnson said the residents of King Charles Road were blessed because no one was killed in the April 16 storm. She was inside her home when severe weather hit and was rescued by neighbors.

“It was an obstacle course trying to get out,” she said.

Neighbor Danny Bonds was home with his family when the storm hit.

“We weren’t physically hurt, but I don’t know about the emotional stuff,” Bonds said.

Bonds said most of his roof is gone, and his house has been deemed unsafe to live in.

“I think about my children. How long is it going to affect them? How many nights are they going to have nightmares? How many nights my wife’s going to have nightmares?” he said.



Bonds said now his blood pressure rises at the sight of dark clouds approaching.

“We wonder, is something going to drop out of the clouds, another tornado or something?” Bonds said. “It’s pretty traumatic.”