12th Tornado Victim In Bertie County Dies

Bertie County authorities say a 12th victim from Saturday's tornado has died.

It was confirmed this morning that Mary Williams, age 50 of Morris Ford Road, Colerain had died.

The 50-year-old woman was the fourth person who lived on Morris Ford Road to die in the storm. She was in a family care home where two other people also died.

Williams was a resident at Moore's Family Care Home and had been in Pitt County Memorial Hospital since Saturday night in critical condition.

The latest fatality brings the statewide death toll to 24 victims.

At a morning news conference Governor Beverly Perdue said there are at least 133 people with series injuries, at least 440 homes destroyed, at least 6189 homes with significant damage, at least 21 businesses destroyed, and at least 92 businesses badly damaged from the tornadoes.

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The National Weather Service says at least 25 tornadoes touched down across the state this past weekend, making it North Carolina's most active outbreak on record.

Meteorologist Ryan Ellis said Tuesday the event rivaled a 1984 outbreak that produced 22 tornadoes. The March 1984 event included more powerful systems and killed twice as many people but was largely isolated to the Interstate 95 corridor. Saturday's outbreak spread across more than half the state -- from near Winston-Salem to the Outer Banks.

The weather service says a preliminary count of Saturday's storms included five tornadoes that had winds between 136 and 165 mph. The longest-lasting tornado was one that traveled 63 miles through Sanford, Holly Springs and Raleigh. That storm had an estimated top speed of 160 mph.

There were 5 EF-3 tornadoes, three of those were here in Eastern Carolina. Those were tornadoes that hit Colerain, Snow Hill and Jacksonville.

At least 23 people were killed in the storms, 11 of those in Colerain.

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  • by kelviana Location: coelrain on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:55 AM
  • by Dawn Location: Virginia Beach on Apr 20, 2011 at 04:14 PM
    We have no contact with our family member Harry Read Shanan. If any one knows of him please let us know. His son is worried about him.
  • by Give Us A Hand Location: Winterville on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    God sees and hears our thoughts and prayers. Now we ALL in Eastern NC should be praying about going to each family home and start picking up damaged property so it can be hauled away. Or some of us can offer to take meals or empty our piggy banks to those that you know that will use it for the ones that left without a bed and food to eat. We all have a gift of giving, today we can use our gifts in a Positive manner. Note: Be aware especially cash money, as to where it goes, the scammers bless their hearts are still there supporting bad habits of taking.
  • by Frank Location: Holiday City, Jacksonville NC on Apr 20, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    Community spirit is being re-defined as Holiday City residents and management work side-by-side to reclaim their homes and neighborhoods. The devastating intrusion by at least one F-3 tornado last Saturday evening rendered total destruction onto several homes within this peaceful and quiet community, comprised mainly of homeowners who take exceptionally good care of their homes, gardens and neighborhoods.
  • by Jackie Location: Pactolus on Apr 20, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    I remember 1984 well. It was at night and you could not see anything. This storm (1984)hug the tar river in Pitt county. Simpson was destoryed and Pactolus had alot of damage. Night I will never forget. Saturday is a day we want forget either. Prayers go out to all that lost loved ones and property.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Apr 20, 2011 at 01:24 PM in reply to Jackie
      I remember also. I lived in a single-wide. I had a 4-yr.-old son. I made him sleep in the living-room that night(naive that I thought that would protect him, but his bedroom had a bay window). The next day, we heard the terrible news about the tragedies. Prayers to all these people, their families, recovering from this unforseen storm damage.
  • by Cynthia Location: Williamston on Apr 20, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    My sincerest condolences to this family and all the families in Bertie County who have suffered lost in any way. Also to families in all counties affected by Saturday's storms. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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      by patty on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:44 AM in reply to Cynthia
      Prayers are with all that have lost lives, families with injuries...may God be with you as keep all in prayer.

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