BERTIE COUNTY: Eleven People Dead, Homes Demolished

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Bertie County, NC -- There are at least eleven deaths in Bertie County from Saturday's tornadoes.

Tornadoes were spotted in multiple places about 8:00 p.m. Saturday, including the area between Askewville and Colerain.

Click the photo tab above to see pictures of the tornadoes.

Homes have been ripped off their foundations, moved and destroyed. A preliminary assessment shows 67 homes are destroyed, with 15 to 20 more damaged.

Monday, state leaders were on the scene, touring the damage.

A shelter was open at the rescue squad on Highway 42 in Colerain.

A trailer park called Jake Dunlow Trailer Court off Askewville Road is heavily hit, with six trailers destroyed.

Superior Court in Bertie County has been cancelled for the week of April 18.

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  • by Joyce Location: Grand Prairie, TX on Apr 22, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    So nice hearing from you. We're hurting with the loss of our beloved Dot. However, God will give us strength to climb this mountain. Please remember Dotty and Uncle William in prayer for healing and restoration. I think of you, your Mom and family often. Pray all is well. Lots of Love, Cousin Joyce -972-642-0336
  • by Family Location: North Carolina on Apr 22, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    I can only pray that God comfort us all at a time like this...It is so important that we listen to the news especially when there are tornadoes involved. Check on family members HELP EACH OTHER TO GET TO SAFTY..don't stay in your homes and ride it out!!
  • by mjb Location: Bertie County on Apr 21, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    I am not the supreme expert on God as some poeple proclaim to be. I do talk to and have a relationship with Him though. He knows my heart, that matters. My 9 yr old asked me "Why is God causing this to happen" while we were huddeled in his closet during the storm. I told him we can't say if God caused it or not but, we would see God work many miracles through this. I truly believe that is what God wants us to focus on. We need to look at what He is doing for us.
  • by freda mitchell Location: meriden ct. on Apr 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    I am truly sadden by the devastation that has happened to my family in colerain n.c on glover cross road and all the other citizens...My tears are the cleansing of my soul for your loss...please know that we love you and we are on our knees to the almighty god for you..so my family we shall see each other soon. we have been apart to long..god be with you.. all my love to the mitchell's of glover cross rd..colerain n.c... dorothy (dot) will always be in my heart..
  • by volunteer1 Location: wayne co on Apr 20, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    Posted info needed on other story, having had time getting up/contact in regards to where I can physically volunteer no luck yet. Wanted information to see if a funeral fund was being set up, am working today for free will donate my days pay to help in funeral expenses. I could not imagine having to deal with that on top of everything else these human beings are going thru. Please post anyone if you know.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:03 PM
    Does anyone know if the Jones' houses at 700 area of Morris Ford Road are still standing?
  • by Jason Location: Nashville,TN on Apr 18, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    I dated a woman named Melody Early from Colerain sometime ago so i don't know if she still lives there she was an awesome lady i hope she and her family are okay. Hate it when disaster hits small towns like this but my city suffered flood last year and tornadoes twice in the last two years you'll be fine Bertie County in due course. Keep on fighting. - Jason from Nashville,TN
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      by CourtneyEarly on Apr 20, 2011 at 05:41 AM in reply to Jason
      Melody Early is my mother, she is okay as well as the rest of her family members. The tornado totally skipped over our house. -courtneyearly
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        by Jason Paisley on Aug 4, 2011 at 08:05 PM in reply to CourtneyEarly
        That's good news. We just had a really bad storm yesterday and it made me think back to this article.Glad she is doing fine.
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        by Jason Paisley on Aug 4, 2011 at 08:11 PM in reply to CourtneyEarly
        That is good news. Hate to think of anything bad happening to such a lovely and kind woman.
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      by CourtneyEarly on Apr 20, 2011 at 05:44 AM in reply to Jason
      Melody Early is my mother, she is okay as well as the rest of her family members. The tornado totally skipped over our house. -courtneyearly
  • by Brenda Davis Location: Suffolk, Va on Apr 18, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    Could you tell me if there is a Christian based Organization that our Church's Evangalism Committee could make a donation to, We want to make sure that it is in the Bertie Community area, and that all funds stay in that area to help the people that are in need Brenda Davis
  • by renee Location: colerain on Apr 18, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    My husband and I live elm grove rd in colerain....the tornado jumped right over our house. it is unbelieveable the damage i see and the people affected. The out pouring of donations and help from the surrounding counties is wonderful. thanks to everyone for the prayers and support:)
  • by Dawn Location: Virginia Beach VA on Apr 18, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    We have no word about Harry Read AKA Shenan. Please let your Virginia Family know you are ok.
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