Tornadoes, storms hit North Carolina hard

Today's storms have caused "multiple fatalities and brought about extensive damage" in parts of Raleigh, including three deaths at Stony Brook North mobile home park, city officials confirmed this evening. Additional injuries were reported in Holly Springs. Wake, Lee, Johnston and Cumberland counties have declared states of emergency. And three people died in Bladen County.

In addition, state officials say a search and rescue team is looking for people reported missing tonight in Lee and Cumberland counties after fast-moving squalls and tornadoes left a trail of damaged buildings, downed power lines and uprooted trees throughout the Triangle and beyond.

"There is still a lot we don't know tonight as we begin recovering from the most severe, widespread tornadoes we have seen since the mid-1980s," Doug Hoell, director of the state's division of emergency management, said at a news conference tonight.

n a statement this evening, the city of Raleigh reported that the hardest hit areas here include: South Saunders Street near Western Boulevard and I-40; the Stony Brook mobile home park near Trawick Road, where deaths were reported; neighborhoods surrounding Shaw University; and the areas near Buffaloe and New Hope roads and Yonkers Road.

City authorities are asking residents to not call 911 except in an extreme emergency.

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