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Storm system leaves Eastern Carolina, leaving wind damage and outages

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jan 30 2013 09:33:42 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2013 04:42:52 PM CST
EASTERN CAROLINA -

The storm system, blamed for at least two deaths in the Southeast, has moved out of Eastern Carolina- but not before causing toppled trees, downed power lines, and thousands of outages.

NewsChannel 12 went to the 2200 block of Caracara Drive in Fairfield Harbour early Thursday morning, where a tree fell onto a home. The homeowners were asleep when the tree toppled onto their roof at about 2:00 a.m., causing an eight-foot hole, firefighters said. A tarp was placed over that hole to seal from the rain. No one was injured.

In another part of Fairfield Harbour, on Pelican Drive, a tree fell on a car, fire officials said. No one was hurt.

A tree also fell on a car on Old Highway 70 in Craven County Thursday morning. The front of the car was smashed and a person was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, emergency officials said.

The strong winds prompted a Tornado Watch to be issued for all Eastern Carolina counties late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. That warning has since been canceled.

Strong winds were blamed for collapsing a barn at an Onslow County hog farm Wednesday evening. Authorities said one person was hurt when the barn, at Coharie Farms, northwest of Richlands, caved in.  The victim's injuries did not appear to be serious, investigators said.

In Jacksonville, strong winds knocked a stoplight to the ground Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the storm system caused flash flooding in western parts of North Carolina. At the Biltmore Village, in Asheville, high water levels caused some vehicles to be stalled in the middle of roads, prompting crews to block the flooded streets off. But emergency officials said no injuries were reported.

In Boone, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, several water rescues took place to help stranded drivers. Many major roadways were blocked off as well, emergency officials said. One driver tweeted that the water was two feet deep at some intersections.

Other states in the South were hit much harder by the 1,000-mile storm system. One person was killed in Tennessee, and another was killed in Georgia.

In Adairsville, about 60 miles from Atlanta, one person died when a tree crushed his mobile home Wednesday, emergency officials said. Several buildings were destroyed in that town and debris littered the streets. In addition, dozens of cars were overturned on a nearby interstate.

In Nashville, Tennessee, a 47-year-old man was killed when a tree fell on a shed he was in, emergency officials said. The victim was taking shelter from strong winds and heavy rain.