Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tornado in Southeastern North Carolina

The tornado that struck Riegelwood situated on the Cape Fear River about 20 miles west of Wilmington _ hit shortly after 6:30 a.m. This area is about 30 minutes from Burgaw. Eight people were killed.

"There was no warning. There was no time," said Cissy Kennedy, a radiologist's assistant who lives in the area. "It just came out from nowhere."

Kip Godwin, chairman of the Columbus County Commission, said authorities had nearly concluded their search of the area where all the deaths occurred near a cluster of trailers and an adjacent neighborhood of brick homes and had accounted for everyone.

Let's keep these folks in our thoughts and prayers.


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