Tuesday marks two years since deadly NC tornadoes - WNCT

Tuesday marks two years since deadly NC tornadoes

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Cameras capture twisters as they move through Raleigh Cameras capture twisters as they move through Raleigh
GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Two years ago a tornado outbreak hit North Carolina killing two dozen people, half of those deaths were in Bertie County.

In all, 17 twisters slammed the Channel 9 viewing area on April 16, 2011. 

Two years later, Greene County Middle School is almost done rebuilding.
     
After a tornado directly hit the school causing millions of dollars in damages and leaving the students without a place to learn.

After the tornado hit, the middle school had come up with a temporary plan to get students back to school. Because of the amount of damage, some of the students will leave Greene County Middle having never stepped foot in the old or new school.
     
Though it's been a long road, Superintendent Patrick Miller says there is light at the end if this tunnel for Greene County Middle School.

"Yes, it was a tough thing to have to go through, to lose the school and to go through what we had to, but now we get a brand new school, new and improved," said Patrick Miller, Superintendent Greene County Schools.

Miller expects the construction to be complete this summer and for the new school to be open this August.

Folks in Onslow County are also recovering from the tornado two years ago.

Oxford Drive in Jacksonville was one of the hardest hit streets.

People who live in the area say the tornado tore off rooftops, damaged windows and cars, and uprooted trees.

One man tells 9 On Your Side the tornado narrowly missed his house, but it still caused $15,000 worth of damage. He remembers those scary moments when the lights turned off while he and his family huddled in the bathroom.

"My buddy's girlfriend that was in town with him, she was screaming. That was probably the loudest sound we heard, was her screaming over all the crashing going on outside, so," said Bryan Adcock, Jacksonville resident.

Adcock says several people in his neighborhood were injured by the tornado.

He says a couple people moved out of their homes instead of repairing them, but that most people in his neighborhood recovered well from the damage.

House lawmakers are expected to propose a resolution to recognize the anniversary of the April 16th tornadoes.

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