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Lightning is believed to be responsible for a house fire off of Hogan Court in New Hanover County. The fire began just after 4:00 Tuesday afternoon, just as a line of strong storms moved through the area.
Pender County Emergency officials say there were no reports of significant damage when Hurricane Arthur swept through the area, despite a tornado touching down and a lightning strike sparking flames at a home there.
The same storm system that ripped through the country and spawned dozens of tornadoes is fortunately weakening as it passes over our area.
The National Weather Service says it was a tornado that damaged dozens of homes and injured at least 15 people in western North Carolina.
Alabama officials say they have raised the death toll from a deadly tornado outbreak to 131. That brings to 200 the number of people who have died in six states across the South.
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.