The number of people injured in severe thunderstorms that rumbled through Sampson County on Monday night continues to rise.
The storms hit areas near Clinton, Keener and Kitty Fork the hardest, according to media reports. Strong winds tipped mobile homes, damaged structures and felled trees, causing road closures and knocking out power east of Fayetteville.
About 1,200 people were without power at about 8 a.m., according to Duke Energy. Most outages are directly north of Clinton.
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Near Newton Grove, Oak Grove Church Road is closed between U.S. 13 and South Eldridge Road, the state Department of Transportation website said. U.S. 421 is closed near Kitty Fork Road, the DOT site said.
Over a dozen structures have been damaged and several mobile homes in the Basstown Road area were flipped, television station ABC11 reports. Numerous poultry and hog houses have been damaged.
Many local roads have been closed or obstructed by storm damage, the county’s Facebook page said.
A two-hour delay has been announced by Sampson County and Clinton City Schools.
The storms in Sampson come a week after a tornado was confirmed by radar last Tuesday near Clinton in Sampson County. The storm moved east through the the towns of Autryville and the Bearskin community, causing property damage to homes and to the Autryville Fire Department.