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NC schools, offices drill for season's tornadoes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Schools and government buildings across
North Carolina are holding tornado drills with the spring storm
season already bringing destruction.

The statewide rehearsal of emergency plans comes Wednesday, less
than a week since tornadoes ripped through western North Carolina.

The National Weather Service confirmed a rare tornado swept
across Cherokee County in the North Carolina mountains, while
another struck near the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus county line.

The weather service issued more than 200 tornado warnings for
North Carolina last year. The state had 63 tornadoes last year,
more than twice the average. Twenty-six people were killed and
hundreds were hurt.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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