2012-01-12 / Focus

POSSIBLE TORNADO RIPS THROUGH N.C.



A TREE LAYS in a yard in front of a damaged home after a possible tornado roared through Icard, N.C., on Wednesday. At least 15 people were injured and at least 60 buildings damaged when a possible tornado struck in western North Carolina, the National Weather Service said today. The storm struck in Rutherford and Burke counties late Wednesday afternoon as a cold front moved through the western Carolinas, meteorologist Neil Dixon with the weather service office in Greer, S.C., said. Ten people were hurt in Ellenboro in Rutherford County, sheriff’s Sgt. Dwayne Wright said. Two of the injuries were serious, but Wright did not know the extent of the injuries. At least 10 buildings were damaged in a 3-square-mile residential area, but Wright said officials expected to get a better count on the damage during surveys today. Some people initially were trapped in their homes. “Everybody’s out that we know of,” Wright said. “As far as we know, everybody has been accounted for.” A woman in Ellenboro told WCNC-TV that a neighbor’s roof ended up in her front yard. 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A TREE LAYS in a yard in front of a damaged home after a possible tornado roared through Icard, N.C., on Wednesday. At least 15 people were injured and at least 60 buildings damaged when a possible tornado struck in western North Carolina, the National Weather Service said today. The storm struck in Rutherford and Burke counties late Wednesday afternoon as a cold front moved through the western Carolinas, meteorologist Neil Dixon with the weather service office in Greer, S.C., said. Ten people were hurt in Ellenboro in Rutherford County, sheriff’s Sgt. Dwayne Wright said. Two of the injuries were serious, but Wright did not know the extent of the injuries. At least 10 buildings were damaged in a 3-square-mile residential area, but Wright said officials expected to get a better count on the damage during surveys today. Some people initially were trapped in their homes. “Everybody’s out that we know of,” Wright said. “As far as we know, everybody has been accounted for.” A woman in Ellenboro told WCNC-TV that a neighbor’s roof ended up in her front yard. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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