ONSLOW COUNTY: Child Hurt, 30 Homes & Business Damaged

From Camp Lejeune:

An unknown number of base residents sustained injuries and nearly 30 homes were damaged following a series of tornados that touched down in the vicinity of the Tarawa Terrace II housing area Saturday evening.

One seriously-injured child is known to have been evacuated to Pitt Memorial Hospital. Of the damaged homes, five have been characterized as uninhabitable. A temporary shelter has been opened at TT2 Elementary School to provide immediate care for displaced persons if necessary.

The base Emergency Operations Center has been activated to provide a coordinated response throughout the night and a local incident command center has been set up at the TT2 fitness center. More updates will be provided when they become available.

From Onslow County officials:

In response to a series of rapidly moving storms that spawned tornadoes in areas of Onslow County in the early evening of Saturday, April 16, 2011, Onslow County officials have declared a “State of Emergency.”

The “State of Emergency” will expire effective at 6:00 pm April 17, 2011.

Reports of tornadoes in the Piney Green vicinity extending from Old 30 to North Carolina Highway 24 affected several residential communities, including damage to approximately 30 mobile homes in the Holiday City Mobile Home Park and the Montclair Development.

Onslow County officials will begin damage assessment at 8:30 am Sunday, April 17, 2011.

Citizens are asked to comply with law enforcement, fire, and emergency officials as they proceed with damage assessment and public safety concerns. The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for residents
displaced from their homes at Jacksonville Commons Middle School.

For more information stay tuned to local media outlets or contact Onslow County Emergency Operations at 910.347.4270.

From the city of Jacksonville:

Motorists are urged to stay away from Lejeune Boulevard and Corbin Street where storm damage has left a building heavily damaged.

Severe damage was done to the Coastal Dry Cleaners at that location
with glass shattered, clothes blown about and cars in the parking lot affected by the storm.

The National Weather Service reported that a trained observer had spotted a tornado in the area immediately before the damage was found.

Motorists and others are urged to stay away from the location until the area is secured and passable.

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