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Governor Cooper tours Bertie County meeting families who lost everything in tornado

Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday toured damage in Bertie County.
Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday toured damage in Bertie County.(NBC)
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 7:32 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2020 at 3:46 PM EDT
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BERTIE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Governor Roy Cooper visited the site of the Bertie County community where a tornado ravaged through early Tuesday morning.

As a result of Hurricane Isaias, the Cedar Lansing Communities on Morning Road and Woodard Road outside Windsor were hit with some of the worst winds. Two people died in the tornado and others lost everything they own. 

Rosemary Swain lost her home in the storm. She describes the terrifying moments she experienced when the tornado hit.

Swain said, “It threw me from one side of the living room to the other side, and I just got down on the floor.”

She, like many others in the Cedar Landing Community in Bertie County, is wondering what to do now with her home in shambles.

“My whole living room set is gone. The floors are weakened. So, I’m afraid to go in there, because if I go in there, I may fall through the floor,” said Swain.

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said the calls for help keep coming. 

He said, “As of yesterday afternoon, we had received over 2,000 claims. The claims are coming in every hour.”

Luckily, Swain says she wasn’t injured, but she did know one of the two people who died. Cooper said he heard a similar story from another family. 

The governor said, “One mom told me that she and her daughter were violently thrown from their mobile home, were unhurt.”

Causey is assuring residents that they will do everything they can to help.

 “I look forward to helping get some results and provide relief to the extent we can,” said Causey.

And Cooper says their faith is what will keep the community going.

“Amid losing most of what she had, whether it’s a storm or a pandemic, that kind of hope and shared commitment to a stronger future will keep us going,” said Cooper.

Crews were out at a local church handing out water and supplies for people who needed them. 

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Governor Roy Cooper and Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey were both in Bertie County Wednesday to take a look at the tornado damage.

Cooper was in Windsor just before noon assessing damage from Hurricane Isaias.

Causey was there from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. looking at damage and helping people with property claims. On Thursday, he’ll be in Brunswick County which was also hard hit by the storm after it made landfall there.

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