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At least 14 people injured in Sampson County storms

Sampson County storm injures 14 people, destroys mobile homes and barns

A storm with high winds ripped through Sampson County north of Clinton late Monday night, damaging homes, downing trees, and injuring at least 14 people. Residents begin to clean up Tuesday.
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A storm with high winds ripped through Sampson County north of Clinton late Monday night, damaging homes, downing trees, and injuring at least 14 people. Residents begin to clean up Tuesday.

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.

Pastor Michael Bartlett explains how he captured video or a tornado hitting the small Sampson County town of Autryville, N.C. Tuesday, May 24, 2017. The tornado severely damaged homes and the town's fire department.

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.

Michael Bartlett captured video of a tornado passing by Autryville Baptist Church Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Autryville, N.C. Several homes and buildings were severely damaged and at least one person reported injured in the area. The Red Cross is a

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