FAIR BLUFF -- People from New Hanover County to Bladen County spent yesterday cleaning up after Saturday's powerful storms. The National Weather Service confirms one tornado touched down in Pender County. And another tornado may have touched down in Columbus County. Fair Bluff resident Cathleen Dudney said, "It was just terrible. It was just awful." Dudney has lived through hurricanes, but she says Saturday's storm that passed through Fair Bluff in Columbus County was the worst weather she's ever seen. "You couldn't see anything around here," she said. "The last time I looked out the front door, I just peeked through the curtain, and those trees were just twisting." One tree fell just feet from her front door. Others in the small farming community weren't so lucky. Fair Bluff Fire Chief Jerry Meares said most of the damage was structural: branches fell on power lines, roofs were nearly ripped off houses, the town's only restaurant almost lost its roof and suffered thousands of dollars worth of damage. "It's about the most damage I've seen since I've been fire chief," Meares said. "I'm just thankful that it wasn't any worse than it was." Nearly 24 hours after the storm people here are still trying to clean up. "There's a great sense of relief, because once you see the storm, the way that storm was yesterday it will be in your mind for a while," Meares said. The Fair Bluff fire department reported a possible tornado. The national weather service has not yet confirmed if a tornado actually hit the town.
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