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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  • by lending hand Location: jacksomville on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:34 PM
    as some fail to realize many people work or are otherwise busy many may not even listen to the radio or watch tv i guess an innocent child who was seeking shelter with his mother deserved it because it was his fault he didnt know a tornado was coming yes alerts save lives but regardless people were injuried and people lost their homes elizabeth look up -praying for the salernos- and tell me that was hisnfault its ignorant people like you that make sick get off your almighty high horse and SHUT UP!
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      by Jessica on Apr 20, 2011 at 11:55 AM in reply to lending hand
      I agree with you lending hand! Not everyone can afford phone are cable these days and don't have the luxuries that others do! some people did take shelter and were still hurt or lost their homes to this tornado! where i am from there are siren to let us know that a tornado touched down! So for us not hearing a siren and a tornado touch down through us off! i am praying for everyone who is effected by this disaster! Elizabeth think before you type! not everyone can afford technology that others can and just be grateful that you weren't hurt and quit being rude to others!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Jax on Apr 18, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    Do you think wars go "cease fire" for snow storms too? ANON you sir/mame are a fool!
  • by Elizabeth on Apr 17, 2011 at 10:15 PM
    There are no sirens around here. Technology allows nearly everyone to be warned. If there is a warning people need to take cover whether they can see something or not. There was a half an hour warning before it hit. Anyone who did not seek shelter because they ignored the warning can only blame themselves and not the lack of sirens.
  • by Tasha Location: TT Base Housing on Apr 17, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    Lauren - those town houses had minimal wind damage. it bounced right from TT past those townhouses to Holiday City mobile home park on corbin and on furthar.
  • by Hannah Location: Okinawa,Japan on Apr 17, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    wow look at that house!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    Why was the base open??? Employees & children were in harms way??? At both the child developement center & youth center???
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      by Elizabeth on Apr 17, 2011 at 10:20 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Because half an hour is not enough time to get parents to the cdc or yp and back home with their children safely.
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      by 250 on Apr 18, 2011 at 07:38 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Very well put Elizabeth. Old saying of mine is GOD help he who helps himself. GR8 DAY 2 u.
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      by lending hand on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:47 PM in reply to Anonymous
      your an idiot its a military base not a candy store im from the midwest and when i was in school they did not send us home just because there was a warning
  • by Nina Location: Richlands on Apr 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    Does anyone know if we can stop by with donations for the families at the school/shelter?
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      by Ashley on Apr 18, 2011 at 03:48 PM in reply to Nina
      tarawa terrace community center is taking donations for the next few days. toiletries, diapers, wipes, food, and clothes.
  • by Nina Location: Richlands on Apr 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    Does anyone know if we can drop by the school/shelter to make donations of items (baby things, toilet paper, etc.)?
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      by Tammie on Apr 17, 2011 at 05:43 PM in reply to Nina
      You can anything you want to The Sanctuary Of Jacksonville on Piney Green Rd.... We are taken anything we can too the familys around the church.. You may call the church @ 353-2206...
  • by use thy brain Location: Jacksonville on Apr 17, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Decades back we had powerful sirens in Jacksonville. They were tested each Friday at noon. Don't know what genius decided to remove them. In 1984, NC was hit badly by tornadoes but not this bad. As global warming worsens and more violent weather patterns emerge, think replacing those relatively cheap sirens would with the ones removed from volunteer fire departments would be a good idea. Hurricaines spawn tornadoes. People need to know if a tornado is imminent in their neighborhood.
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      by Elizabeth on Apr 17, 2011 at 10:18 PM in reply to use thy brain
      Well, use thy brain, if people would heed the warning system and take cover the minute a warning comes over the tv, computer or weather radio, they would be safer. If people 'use their brains' and go buy a $30 weather radio and a pack of batteries they will be fine in a storm. A family spending a max of $35 on those items is better than the state spending tons more on a system that is a bit outdated. The technology we have nowadays, people can watch their tv or computer and find out whats going on.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2011 at 04:20 AM in reply to Elizabeth
        Think before you post! Go and take a first hand look at the damage and then you would understand. I was in the direct line of the tornado and watched the television and guess what when a tornado comes through as fast as this one, you probably won't hear the sirens. Think about the people who are now homeless and lost everything. We should come together as a community and do everything we can to help one another!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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          by 250 on Apr 18, 2011 at 07:41 AM in reply to
          So you are one of the "gawkers" going out and screwing up the efforts to clean things up and return to some "normalacy". I'll bet you go out on snow and ice when the State boys say stay off the road too. DONTCHA?
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          by Elizabeth on Apr 18, 2011 at 02:27 PM in reply to
          I am wondering if that comment really is in response to me? The tornado warning for Onslow County came out around 7:45 and it was to last until 8:15. I put my two kids, my daughters friend and I in the safe area in our house as I sent a friend (who lives 3 streets down) home. A half an hour in a crowded area can get annoying but its better than being dead. I did think about what I posted. You were watching tv, huh? How big is that sucker? Probably cost several hundred dollars, right, where as, like I said, the weather radio costs $30 plus tax and some batteries for when the power goes out. Around 8:13 my house shook because of everything happening outside. At 8:15 my weather radio went of saying the warning was extended until 9. I've seen the damage. My daughter's friend's house (3 blocks away) was just missed. The house behind them has the second floor in the back yard. I didn't gawk, I had to take the girl home and wanted to console my friends as much as I could.
  • by Julie Bryant Location: Winston Salem NC on Apr 17, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    Praise God, there are miracles. I just heard that my sister,her daughter,and her spouse are ok. It was like music to my ears. My heart and my prayers will go out to my family and everyone else who is there in Camp Lejune dealing with this terrable tragedy. Gog Bless you all, Semper Fi.
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