Three people are killed and 10 injured after tornado hits North Carolina town as winter storm Uri continues to hammer the US
- The deadly tornado swept through the North Carolina town of Brunswick County late on Monday
- Three people were killed and 10 others injured when tornado rolled through just before midnight
- Dozens of homes have also been destroyed
- Tornado was spawned by a line of thunderstorms associated with the sprawling winter storm that has brought frigid temperatures as far south as Texas
Three people have been killed and 10 injured after a tornado swept through a seaside town in North Carolina as a blast of winter weather continues to strike large swathes of the United States.
The tornado, spawned by a line of thunderstorms associated with a sprawling winter storm that has brought frigid temperatures as far south as Texas, swept through the area late on Monday.
Officials in Brunswick County said early Tuesday that three people were killed as the tornado tore through a golf course community and another rural area just before midnight.
Dozens of homes have been destroyed.
Three people have been killed and 10 injured after a tornado swept through a seaside town in North Carolina (above) as a blast of winter weather continues to strike large swathes of the United States
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said officials were awaiting daybreak to sift through the rubble of damaged homes.
‘There is a significant amount of damage, both structural and debris,’ the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Governor Roy Cooper said rescue operations were continuing on Tuesday.
One resident, Sharon Benson, 63, said the roof of her home was damaged and her garage door was blown off.
She said her windows were shattered and nearby trees were also uprooted.
‘The sky lit up and there was a lot of pop-pop-popping. And the loud thunder. And then it sounded like a train, a freight train coming through. The roar of a freight train. That’s when all the damage occurred,’ she said.
Elsewhere as a result of the winter storm, millions of people remained without power amid subfreezing temperatures and authorities warned of treacherous travel conditions in many states.
Officials in Brunswick County said early Tuesday that three people were killed as the tornado tore through a golf course community and another rural area just before midnight
Damaged vehicles sit among debris after a deadly tornado tore through Brunswick County
A man surveys the damage after a deadly tornado tore through Brunswick County, North Carolina just before midnight
The massive winter storm that overwhelmed a Southwestern power grid and immobilized the Southern Plains was carrying heavy snow and freezing rain eastward, with bad weather spreading through into New England and the Deep South, the National Weather Service said.
The storm system left behind record-setting cold temperatures with wind-chill warnings extending from Canada into Mexico.
The worst US outages were in Texas, affecting more than 4 million homes and businesses Tuesday.
More than 250,000 people also lost power across parts of Appalachia, and another quarter-million were still without electricity following an ice storm in northwest Oregon, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks utility outage reports. Another 4 million people lost power in Mexico.
The Southwest Power Pool, a group of utilities covering 14 states, imposed rolling two-hour blackouts to east the extreme demand for heat and electricity. It said the outages were ‘a last resort to preserve the reliability of the electric system as a whole.’
Emergency crews gather at a staging area near Sunset Beach, North Carolina on Tuesday after the deadly tornado
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said officials were awaiting daybreak to sift through the rubble of damaged homes