BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV/WECT) - Governor Roy Cooper surveyed damage caused by a tornado in Brunswick County late Monday night.
The majority of the damage was done to the Ocean Ridge Plantation, three people lost their lives in the storm and many more were injured. Gov. Cooper surveyed the damage and spoke after 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Preliminary data from the National Weather Service indicates the tornado was a “high-end” EF-3 with estimated wind speeds of 160 miles per hour, making it one of the strongest tornadoes to ever hit southeastern North Carolina.
Gov. Cooper spoke with local emergency management officials as well as homeowners already beginning to recover from the tornado.
“People in Brunswick County were hit hard by this ferocious tornado and we want to make state resources available as much as possible,” said Gov. Cooper.
State emergency management and State Highway Patrol have been on the scene since Monday night and continue to assess damage to determine what resources may be available to assist in recovery efforts.