RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The National Weather Service says the fearsome storms that swept across North Carolina set at least one record.
The Raleigh forecast office says meteorologists around the state have confirmed that at least 28 tornadoes touched down across the state on Saturday.
The only other time where so many twisters landed in a single day was 1984, when about 22 tornadoes were confirmed.
There were initial reports of more than 60 tornadoes, but many of those could have been multiple sightings of the same twister. Some of the tornadoes traveled long distances and stayed on the ground for longer periods.
Last weekend’s storms killed at least 24 people statewide and damaged thousands of buildings. Final costs of the storms are likely to be measured in hundreds of millions of dollars.
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