CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A couple from Spencer had their camping trip interrupted when tornadoes plowed through eastern North Carolina Sunday.
Dan Patterson said he and his wife were headed to Virginia Beach when they stopped at an RV park in Selma, just off Interstate 95 east of Raleigh.
Patterson said a twister touched down just a half-mile from the park.
"When most of the storm blew through, sirens were going crazy north on I-95 and the service road," Patterson wrote in an e-mail to NewsChannel 36.
Patterson said his RV suffered damage from golf ball-sized hail.
He snapped dozens of photos near the RV park (right). Patterson said it appeared that a twister crossed I-95, knocking down trees and causing a tractor-trailer to flip on its side.
More than 800 homes damaged or destroyed
Officials say at least 800 homes in North Carolina were destroyed or damaged by the vicious storm system that killed at least 21 people in the state.
North Carolina public safety spokeswoman Julia Jarema said Monday morning that storms destroyed about 130 homes while damaging another 700. The numbers are preliminary, and teams are to spend much of this week assessing damage across the eastern half of the state. Jarema says officials do not have any dollar estimates on the cost of the damage.
The Red Cross says nearly 300 people stayed overnight Sunday at seven shelters across the region.
Progress Energy says more than 30,000 customers are still without power, mostly in the Raleigh area.