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April 18, 2011

Tornadoes Lash Southeast; 45 Dead

I didn't even know about this until now (I didn't watch TV all day yesterday and only was on the internet for a half hour; no tv yet today either). My hopes are with all the stricken.

45 dead, mostly in North Carolina, and particularly in Bertie County.

"Everybody's been coming together," said Dave Western, pastor of Kendale Acres Free Will Baptist Church in Sanford, North Carolina. Along with the adjacent parsonage, the church escaped largely unscathed from the massive tornado Saturday that reduced several surrounding homes to sticks.

"That's the wonderful thing about this. We had people we didn't even know coming by wanting to help," said Western, whose church has served as a meal center for many neighbors and a base for delivering food and water to other neighbors by golf cart.

At least 97 tornadoes struck between Thursday and Saturday, according to National Weather Service records. Yet more tornadoes will probably be confirmed on top of the 249 reports received during the three-day period, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said.

A tornado was videotaped at harrowing range by a guy who remained calm the whole time; he says he didn't fear because he's a Marine and he loves Jesus.


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