Two counties, Rutherford and Burke, in North Carolina were in uproar yesterday afternoon as tornadoes ripped through their communities.
A cold front advanced through the western Carolinas causing a storm that unleashed two tornadoes around 5 pm last night. At least 15 people are injured and County Officials estimate that 50 buildings have been damaged.
Trees have been pulled right from the ground, cars have been tipped over and some houses, if still standing, are without a roof. Residents said it felt like their whole house was shaking. A mobile home park in Burke country was hit by the storm and a marina in the Caldwell County is also facing some damage.
Commissioner, Roger Richard, of Rutherford County told The Weather Network that last night 3 people were sent to hospital with serious injuries. So far one individual has been released.
Brian Dillon, a Meteorologist at The Weather Network, says the storm that hit North Carolina last night, is the same messy system that Houston, Texas experienced on Monday.
The tornado in Rutherford has been classified as an EF1 and the one in Burke County was slightly stronger, making it an EF2, says Dillon. Winds reached as high as 185 kilometers per hour in Burke.
“It was a big blow to this community and will take a bit of recovery, but it is great to see a community come together and help each other. Rutherford County has only seen 7 tornadoes since 1950,” says Clinton Thrift, a witness of the storm.“American Red Cross and other organizations have set up shelters for those who have lost their homes.”
A representative from the County Managers Office told The Weather Network that two commissioners are currently going through the aftermath and the governor is scheduled to appear on site.