Devastating Morning Storm Hits North Carolina
Thunder and lightening cracked and roared last night as rain poured over much of North Carolina. To add to this chaos, a tornado tore through the city of Kenly NC and surrounding areas. The result was devastating: 2 dead and several homes destroyed.
The tornado was atypical of the cyclones one is used to seeing on TV or the movies. Stu Ostro with The Weather Channel explained: “…(the) air moving rapidly in different directions and (were) juxtaposed closely to each other…This is all a result of a strong cold front interacting with warm, humid air out ahead of it, plus a deep dip in the upper-level jet stream and a strong ‘low-level jet,’ with showers and thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this afternoon capable of producing additional wind damage and possibly tornadoes.”
Mike Baker with the Associated Press reports a local church opened its doors to the Red Cross to shelter those affected. The National Weather Service has sent officials to survey the damage in the affected cities so disaster recovery specialists can begin their work.