While the storm system that blew through the state caused some moderate damage both locally and statewide, it paled in comparison to what happened to North Carolina. According to an Associated Press report, more than 60 tornadoes ripped across the Tar Heel state over the weekend.
One of the towns hit hard was Colerain, N.C., a small town in the northeast portion of the state. According to the AP, tornadoes claimed 21 lives in North Carolina, including 11 in Bertie County, where Colerain is located.
The disaster has prompted a local church to spring into action, as God’s Hands Food Pantry, which is affiliated with The Turning Point Church, located at 514 N. Main St., is collecting items to take to the devastated North Carolina town.
“We are going to provide Ziplock bags that are going to be filled with shampoo and conditioners, a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush, a container of deodorant and a razor,” organizer Trudy Poveda said. “It’s also going to have a granola bar and some kind of drink, like a juice or a sports drink.”