Western NC emergency workers head to eastern NC


    ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — Western North Carolina disaster workers are traveling to the eastern part of the state to provide help to counties hard hit by deadly storms.

    The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Western North Carolina Region Red Cross Director Tony Reid left for Rocky Mount on Sunday to assess damages and help organize an emergency response.

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    Reid says he expects more emergency workers from the west to travel east in the next few days to help residents with repair and cleanup efforts.

    A Red Cross team from Henderson County took food, water and cleaning supplies to people in Jacksonville.

    Observers reported more than 60 tornadoes across North Carolina on Saturday. Twenty-one people have been confirmed killed in the central and eastern parts of the state.

    Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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