Tornado Rips Through N. Carolina Communities

A tornado swept through western North Carolina leaving destroyed homes and businesses in its wake.

A tornado tore through western North Carolina today, injuring at least 20 people and damaging mobile homes, houses, and businesses. The National Weather Service reported the storm had an EF2 strength. Winds were estimated at 115 miles an hour.

“It could have been worse,” one longtime Burke county resident said. “This is nothing compared to the damage being done to South Carolina right now.”

South Carolina is of course in the throes of its Republican Primary, with gale force hot air expected to peak at 1,000 miles per hour by January 21.

“We can rebuild and recover from this damage, but after you’ve come face-to-face with Ron Paul there’s no amount of therapy or psychological reconstruction that will make you whole again” one state official said. “Still, we’re getting ready for when he blows through here in May.”