North Carolina's governor is seeking federal help to recover from destructive tornadoes that claimed a young boy's life just days shy of his first birthday.
Governor Pat McCrory on Monday began efforts to secure federal funds to help with costs of recovery from the storms that pummeled four coastal counties Friday, one of which fatally injured 11-month-old Gavin Soto.
A great-aunt, Sue Brown, said the boy's funeral on Wednesday comes a day before he would have turned 1. Brown said the child was in a century-old frame house on his grandfather's farm that collapsed in high winds.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home & Crematory in Edenton. A private burial will follow in Beaver Hill Cemetery.
Friends may join the family in the funeral home immediately following the chapel service.
More than a dozen people were reported injured and around 200 home and businesses destroyed or damaged Friday.
Governor Pat McCrory's office says that an 11-month-old baby has died from injuries sustained from a tornado that touched down in Chowan County Friday night.
The child is the first tornado fatality in the U.S. for this severe weather season.
NBC Affiliate WAVY reports that family members have identified the child killed in the storms as Gavin Soto. The report says that Soto was rescued from a collapsed home on Yeopim Road, along with his mother on Yeopim Road.
Family members tell WAVY that Soto died at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk.
“All of North Carolina is grieving over the loss of such an innocent life,” Governor McCrory said. “Ann and I will be praying for the family as it copes with this terrible loss.”
A fundraiser for Gavin's family has been set up at the link on this story.
Governor Pat McCrory spent Sunday afternoon here in Eastern Carolina, surveying damage in Beaufort County.
Governor McCrory looked at damage along Whichards Beach Road off of Highway 17.
The governor says that they will have more people on site on Monday to get to work on disaster declarations.
Officials say that 60 structures were severely damaged or destroyed, while 189 suffered moderate to minor damage.
"Thankful for no loss of life, prayers are with the families, and we're looking at what the state can do," said Governor McCrory.
WITN will have a full recap of the Governor's visit to Beaufort County on WITN News at 6.
Governor Pat McCrory will be on the ground in Beaufort County on Sunday, touring damage from Friday's tornadoes.
The announcement came late Saturday night.
Governor McCrory's office says that he along with Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry, and NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry will be surveying damage with local officials on Whichards Beach Road on Sunday.
WITN will be there as the governor looks at the damage.
The governor will then move on to survey damage in Chowan County.