Gov. urges caution as tornado-ravaged NC braces for more bad weather

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:17 AM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 5:56 AM

Noon UPDATE: Governor Pat McCrory and Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry are urging residents to use caution as most of the state remains at an elevated risk for severe weather until Thursday morning.

“Over the past 24 hours these severe storms have proven their ability to impact every area of our state with many counties experiencing flash flooding, wind and tornado damage,” said Governor McCrory. “It is important for folks to stay tuned to local weather reports because another round is expected to hit later today and safety should be everyone’s top priority.”

Following the devastating storms in Chowan County, several agencies and citizens from throughout the region organized recovery efforts.  Click here for more information
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PASQUOTANK CO., NC -- As families in tornado-ravaged northeastern North Carolina work to recover from last Friday's storm, the weather just isn't cooperating.

More severe weather is likely in the Tarheel State Wednesday.

Elizabeth City State University sent out an alert Tuesday night about the Tornado Watch that was in effect 9 p.m. The alert also warned about bad weather still to come.

"Tomorrow, Wednesday, is actually a greater risk of severe weather (still categorized as a “Slight” Risk) as the atmosphere will be more unstable. The timeframe for this in our area would likely be in the afternoon/evening."

Friday's tornado ripped the roof off the ESCU's Wellness Center.

Louise Bonner still can't believe what happened to her home in Edenton. The storm ripped it apart and the 83-year-old had to crawl out from the debris to get help. She knows it was a miracle she's alive.

"That was God's hand, I tell you. He wasn't ready for me yet," she said.

Several counties, including Chowan, Pasquotank and Perquimans, have been declared disaster areas.

Jarvis Winslow with Perquimans County emergency management services said Wednesday that 26 homes were destroyed or have major damage. He said it will likely be several days before there's a dollar amount fixed to the damage and then officials will work to determine whether the county qualifies for federal and/or state assistance.

NCDOT says maintenance crews from Halifax and Nash counties will travel to Pasquotank County on Thursday to assist with cleanup efforts.  

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