North Carolina TV studio evacuated as storms ravage south
Storms ravaged the south on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake and even forcing a few North Carolina news presenters to evacuate a High Point studio as a rotation passed overhead.
“Okay guys I can’t see anything right now because we just stepped out into the make-up room,” a slightly panicked but dialed presenter said on FOX 8 WGHP on Thursday around 5 p.m., according to a recording posted on Twitter.
“In my 35+ years here, I have never experienced anything like this”, anchors WGHP Neill McNeill wrote on Twitter after the storm passed, noting that they were all safe. “The roof and the lights above us started to vibrate.”
Tornado warnings were issued across North Carolina on Thursday evening.
Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency before the storm.
No serious injuries were reported in North Carolina, but several homes and structures were torn apart.
At least two people were injured in the southwest Alabama Wednesday when a tornado destroyed homes and tore up trees, but Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said overall: “We are grateful for it could have been a lot worse.”
Atlanta was hit by heavy rain and winds of up to 50 mph.
More than 70,000 homes and businesses from east Texas to Alabama were without power at any given time.
At the start of the weekend, the weather will likely calm down, but strong winds could persist.
“On Friday winds will increase over much of the northwest, with the strongest winds expected in the northern coastal area,” NC Emergency Management wrote on Twitter. “A wind advisory is in effect for the northern coastal areas from Friday to Saturday. Winds could reach 40-55 mph and cause power outages.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.