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Tornado Recovery Begins at Camp Lejeune

By Roderick McClain

04-18-11 – In the wake of the tornado-producing storms that barreled through parts of North Carolina this weekend, officials from Camp Lejeune say the outpour of support from the surrounding area has come by the truckload.

As response teams continue to determine if buildings left standing by a tornado are structurally sound and safe if power and water are restored, ten to twelve homes have been completely obliterated. Nat Fahy is the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at Camp Lejeune. He says the tornado cut a mile swath of destruction through a residential area.

"It was as if some big giant came through the neighborhood and said, You're gone, you're gone, I'll give you a break, you're gone. I'm going to give you slight damage, and so on, all they way through, until it crossed Highway 24 and hit Jacksonville proper."

A two-year-old boy remains in serious condition after being rescued from rubble. Fahy says that some families displaced by damage from the storm have taken shelter in a middle school, while others have relied upon the kindness of friends and neighbors.

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