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‘It sounded like a train.’ NC storm rips off man’s roof and traps his mom inside home

Woman trapped after severe storms blow house off of foundation

ABC11 reports from Halifax County, N.C. where high winds from overnight severe storms lifted a house and other structures from their foundations, trapping one woman inside.
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ABC11 reports from Halifax County, N.C. where high winds from overnight severe storms lifted a house and other structures from their foundations, trapping one woman inside.

High winds came through North Carolina during an overnight storm, taking down power lines and pushing trees into houses.

Conditions in Halifax County blew a home off its foundation, and objects from inside “riddled the front yard” Monday morning, reports ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner. A woman and her son were inside when the storm approached, according to the station.

“It sounded like a train was coming,” Brian Richardson told WRAL, which reports the roof came off the man’s home.

Richardson’s mom, who had been trapped inside when “debris blocked her door,” was rescued without injuries, according to WRAL. Halifax County schools were delayed Monday morning as officials reported trees were still down, the station reports.

On Monday, the National Weather Service’s Raleigh office on Twitter issued warnings for flash floods, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms for central parts of the state. Early-morning tornado watches extended into Virginia and Maryland, the service said.

The storm also left thousands of North Carolinians with no electricity early Monday, according to another WRAL report.

Among those without power was Rhonda Greene, WGHP reports. The woman from High Point told the station she woke up overnight to a popping noise and thought a burglar was entering her house.

“The next thing I know, a tree limb come through the window and hit me on the leg,” Greene said, per WGHP, which reports the tree also hit a trampoline.

In Hendersonville, one person “escaped serious injury” when a tree fell onto a house during the weekend storm, according to a Valley Hill Fire & Rescue Facebook post that included photos of the damage.

Trees also landed in roadways and struck cars Sunday, according to WLOS and WXII. Justin Holleman, who lives in a Mount Airy neighborhood where a tree hit a car, said the damage happened quickly.

“We all just scattered inside the house and then come back out to seeing everybody’s cars pretty messed up,” Holleman said, per WXII.

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