Tornado touchdown confirmed in Greensboro that killed one

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes touched down during a severe weather outbreak in the Carolinas.

In North Carolina, the weather service office in Raleigh said Monday that a tornado hit Greensboro, carrying maximum winds of 135 mph with a path that was at least 300 yards (274 meters) wide.

One person died in Sunday's storm, and thousands were left without power because of fallen trees and downed power lines and utility poles. The damage forced officials to cancel classes at all schools in Guilford County.

The weather service in South Carolina said tornadoes also hit Lexington and Irmo, but no serious injuries were reported.

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Greensboro Police said in a tweet that there has been one storm-related fatality in Greensboro, but they gave no immediate details of that death. They did not elaborate on the damages. But earlier media reports said high winds damaged at least seven homes and destroyed one mobile classroom.

Authorities have declared a local state of emergency in Greensboro.

The statement says emergency crews are conducting emergency checks in the areas affected and urged anyone needing immediate shelter to head to a local high school. Separately the city of Greensboro tweeted that damage was "prominent" but that a tornado had not been immediately confirmed by the National Weather Service.