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Red Cross Canvassing Neighborhoods, Looking For More Tornado Victims

By: Matt Engelbrecht, Heather King
By: Matt Engelbrecht, Heather King
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The American Red Cross says it's continuing to help victims from Tuesday night's tornado that struck Carteret County.

Parts of two condominium complexes were heavily damaged by the EF-2 tornado that first hit Atlantic Beach, and then Morehead City.

So far, 14 families have been identified as being affected by the twister.

The Red Cross is meeting with local realtors and landlords to help get those victims with some long term housing solutions.

Saturday morning, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, the organization will be canvassing neighborhoods impacted by the tornado to make sure all victims are getting the help they need.


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The National Weather Service says a tornado hit Atlantic Beach,
and then crossed the Intracoastal Waterway, striking Morehead City late Tuesday night.

At least two condominium complexes were heavily damaged in Atlantic Beach by the tornado, with two people injured when the roof tore off Ocean Sands Condominiums.

Eleven people had to be evacuated and the town has condemned part of the complex as unsafe.

Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder says he has been in the area for 16 years, but has never seen something this severe.

"It almost looks like something you'd see on the news in the Midwest," Snyder told WITN's Carly Swain.

Police say two buildings damaged at Island Beach Racquet Club have also been condemned. All rooms in those two buildings were cleared, and three people were evacuated and relocated.

After surveying the damage, the National Weather Service in Newport says the tornado's maximum winds were 125 miles per hour. It had a 200 yard path, and was on the ground for just over five miles.

When the tornado hit Morehead City, its winds were between 100 and 110 miles per hour. Significant damage happened at Carteret Community College, Carteret General Hospital and at the Morehead City Post Office.


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Two people were injured after the roof blew off their condominium building overnight in a confirmed tornado.

There is damage to two of the four buildings at Ocean Sands Condominiums, according to the property's manager Robert Allsbrook. He says the roof blew off one building, and part of a the roof of another is also gone.

Eleven people had to be evacuated and the town has condemned part of the complex as unsafe.

The National Weather Service confirms that an EF-2 tornado, with winds between 111 and 125 miles per hour, struck the condo around 10:18 p.m.

The two people who were taken to the hospital have injuries that are described as minor. They were trapped inside the damaged building until rescue crews were able to free them.

As many as fifteen people who live in the condos have to stay somewhere else because of the damage. The Doubletree Hotel in Atlantic Beach took in people who needed shelter.

Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder says he has been in the area for 16 years but has never seen something this severe. Snyder says the buildings at the condo complex are structurally unsound and in danger of collapsing.

"It almost looks like something you'd see on the news in the Midwest," Snyder told WITN's Carly Swain.

Snyder is asking people to stay home and let emergency crews work to clear area.

Atlantic Beach police say two buildings damaged at Island Beach Racquet Club have also been condemned. All rooms in those two buildings were cleared, and three people were evacuated and relocated.

More than one thousand people in Atlantic Beach lost power in the storm. Most have had their electricity restored.


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