BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC. (WECT) – Three people were killed, ten injured and several homes damaged or destroyed after a tornado hit southern Brunswick County late Monday night
At around 11:50 p.m., the tornado landed in the area of ​​Seaside Road and Highway 17 and then crossed Highway 17 into a rural area, said Ed Conrow, director of Brunswick County Emergency Services

???? A community of residential homes was affected, we had several homes that were destroyed, some that were badly damaged. Unfortunately, we had 10 injuries to report at this point, and we have had three confirmed deaths at this point Said Conrow

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the tornado that struck the southern end of Brunswick County early

Most of the damage was in the Ocean Ridge Plantation subdivision, but there was another affected area on Old Shallotte Road, he said

â ???? We have serious destruction in the neighborhood [of Ocean Ridge], we have houses that are being overturned. We have a lot of hard work to do as a community to get it back to normal and make it safe for residents to go back in. It’s a very dangerous situation? Said Conrow

By noon, the county emergency teams had searched the communities and searched homes and other structures to find more victims. By noon, Conrow said there had been no reports of missing people following the tornado strike

The county will now relocate its command center to Ocean Ridge and move into a recovery phase where officials begin preliminary damage assessments

â ???? This will definitely be a long term event Recreation in the Ocean Ridge and Old Shallotte areas will take a lot of hard work and effort to rebuild families and get them back to normal life, a ???? Said Conrow

The county will work with the American Red Cross to set up a reception center to help affected residents with long-term accommodation and other emergencies.The center is located in St Luke Lutheran Church, 5869 Ocean Highway, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 Brunswick County also opened temporary shelter for those displaced by the tornado.If you need assistance, call Emergency Services at 9102535383

â ???? First, let me express my condolences to those who lost their lives in this event and to those who are hurt. This is a very, very tragic event for our community, for our county The chairman of the Brunswick County Commissioner, Randy Thompson, said

Many residents have already been relocated because of the damage to their homes, Thompson said, and the neighbors are making an effort to help the neighbors

A survey team from the National Weather Service is in Brunswick County on Tuesday to assess the damage and officially confirm the tornado

Governor Roy Cooper posted a statement on Twitter about the devastating tornado saying he spoke to Sheriff Ingram and Chairman Thompson and that the state is sending aid to Brunswick County

At least three deaths, a string of injuries, and damage to dozens of homes caused by a violent tornado in Brunswick County last night I spoke to Sheriff Ingram and County Commission Chairman Thompson, and the state sent aid Our prayers are with them all – RC

Josh Winslow, the chief executive officer of Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, said the tornado initially left power for about 37000 residents are switched off, and by noon the power supply in the mostly badly damaged sections except 3000 has been restored

The Brunswick County Schools announced that all county schools will be closed to students and staff on Tuesday due to the significant damage and power outages associated with the storm

A district spokesman said he hoped to receive information on the status of classes on Wednesday later on Wednesday

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Source: https://www.wect.com/2021/02/16/three-fatalities-confirmed-brunswick-county-tornado-multiple-homes-destroyed/