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Storms pound the South

Weekend storms ripped through North Carolina, killing at least 45 and leaving more than 130 serious injuries, 65 homes destroyed and another 600 significantly damaged by Sunday evening.


The Fayetteville Observer, Andrew Craft - Associated Press

In this April 17, 2011 photo, Jeffery Lee looks at a photograph in the middle of debris that was once his friend’s home in Fayetteville, N.C., after a tornado hit the area on Saturday.


Gov. Beverly Perdue said Monday morning on NBC’s “Today” show that she’d never seen anything like the devastation, saying it appeared that homes had been handled like paper doll houses. Search-and-rescue teams were still operating all over the eastern part of the state, and federal officials were beginning their damage assessments, she said.

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The Fayetteville Observer, Andrew Craft - Associated Press

In this April 17, 2011 photo, a house lays in ruin in a subdivision in Fayetteville, N.C., after a tornado hit the area on Saturday.


The Fayetteville Observer, Andrew Craft - Associated Press

In this April 17, 2011 photo, Jeffery Lee, left, gives a consoling hug to Meredith Tucker in front of what is left of Tucker’s home in Fayetteville, N.C., after a tornado hit the area on Saturday.


More than 100 employees and customers at Lowe’s Store in Sanford, N.C., screamed in near unison when the steel roof curled off overhead Saturday. The store was becoming part of the wreckage left by a ferocious storm system bristling with killer twisters that ripped through the South.

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Ted Richardson - Associated Press

Annina Purdy, who was inside the Lowe’s hardware store in Sanford, N.C. the previous day when a tornado destroyed the building, returned to the store’s parking lot on Sunday, April 17, 2011, to reclaim personal belongings from her car.


Jim R. Bounds - Associated Press

Clifton Perry through debris in Colerain, N.C., Monday, April 18, 2011 after a tornado hit the area on Saturday.


Chuck Burton - Associated Press

Trinette Avery walks through the remnants of her aunt’s destroyed home in Ammon, N.C., Monday, April 18, 2011 after a tornado ripped through the area Saturday.


In all, at least 21 people died across North Carolina. They were among at least 44 victims of tornadoes and other deadly conditions in a half dozen states.

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Jim R. Bounds - Associated Press

Morgan Barfeild carries her grandfather’s WWll American flag across what is left of the her grandmother’s home in Colerain, N.C., Monday, April 18, 2011.

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