The National Weather Service reports as many as 24 people dead and widespread damage after multiple tornadoes roared through Central North Carolina Saturday afternoon. USAR teams and other firefighters are searching damaged buildings for more victims. Above and below are a number of videos showing the tornadoes and the damage.
Two dozen people might have been killed by severe storms and tornadoes that struck at least 20 counties in North Carolina Saturday, according to preliminary reports Sunday.
WRAL News has confirmed 18 deaths, while the National Weather Service received preliminary reports of 24 deaths.
The worst-hit area appears to be Bertie County, where authorities say 10 people are dead there and one is missing.
Raleigh Fire Department conducting a search. Picture by Mike Legeros. Click here for more from Legeros.com.
Emergency crews are still searching for victims in the hard-hit parts of the state. Authorities warn the death toll is likely to rise further Sunday as searchers probed shattered homes and businesses.
"There's a lot of work that needs to be done in these areas that are most heavily impacted," said Doug Hoell, the state's director of emergency management. "There's a lot of debris out there that's got to be cleaned up."
Man driving with his family on I-95 in North Carolina.
Tornadoes were reported in Raleigh, Holly Springs, Roxboro, Fayetteville, downtown Wilson and Roanoke Rapids according to WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson.
Emergency crews rescued a family in Person County that had taken shelter in their basement. They became trapped when a tree fell on their home.
Another family on I-95 spots a tornado.
One apparent tornado ripped through Sanford, carving a path about a mile long. The winds ripped the roof off a Lowe's store, turning a delivery truck on its side in the parking lot. Along with one man reported killed, another had to be cut from an overturned car, and several people were injured.
Wind damage in Johnston County forced authorities to close Interstate 95 near Micro about 5:45 p.m. There also were reports of severe structural damage and vehicles overturned in Dunn and in Wilson.
More from Sanford.
And another view from Sanford.
Damage from Sanford.
The video above is of a tornado reported to be near Fayetteville.
Damage in Fayetteville.
Newscast from WTVD-TV.
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