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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Officials say at least 800 homes in North Carolina were destroyed or damaged by the vicious storm system that killed at least 21 people in the state.

North Carolina public safety spokeswoman Julia Jarema said Monday morning that storms destroyed about 130 homes while damaging another 700. The numbers are preliminary, and teams are to spend much of this week assessing damage across the eastern half of the state. Jarema says officials do not have any dollar estimates on the cost of the damage.

The Red Cross says nearly 300 people stayed overnight Sunday at seven shelters across the region.

Progress Energy says more than 30,000 customers are still without power, mostly in the Raleigh area.

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  • WeatherFanactic

    I have a friend who lives in Sanford and she said people were ripped from bathtubs and thrown against trees and died..that Pinecrest High School and another Elementary school wont be able to open until NEXT year..luckily they werent home when the tornado hit but unfortunately, a lot of other people went through hell on Saturday..GOD bless everyone in the impacted areas and people please count your blessings that you are here to see another day!!


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