Weather Service confirms tornadoes hit NC in storm


    RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The National Weather Service is surveying damage in two North Carolina counties done by a pair of weak tornadoes.

    Raleigh meteorologist Jonathan Blaes says weather service experts have confirmed that tornadoes struck Rolesville in Wake County and Stantonsburg in Wilson County on Sunday. Both tornadoes were relatively minor.

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    Blaes says March is typically the second-busiest month of the year for tornado activity after May.

    Strong storms swept across the state Sunday, and at least one man was hurt when a power line hit the roof of his home, starting a fire.

    Eighty-six-year-old Cecil Bell of Rolesville was in fair condition at WakeMed Hospital, where he was being treated for smoke inhalation.

    Heavy winds uprooted trees and dropped power lines in Chatham, Wake, Sampson, Franklin, Halifax, Warren and Wilson counties.

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