Child, adult killed in suspected tornado in NC

Child, adult killed in suspected tornado in NC

Credit: AP Photo/The Enterprise, Sonny Hedgecock

A mobile home is destroyed Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at the AAA Mobile Home Park in Thomasville, N.C. (AP Photo/The Enterprise, Sonny Hedgecock)

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by MICHAEL BIESECKER / Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- An American flag marks the spot where neighbors and authorities found the body of a 3-year-old girl killed when a suspected tornado struck Davidson County.

Neighbors say the girl and her grandmother were home alone in the house outside Lexington when the storm hit Wednesday evening. The flag marking the spot is about 25 feet from the house. Only the foundation of the house remains.

The grandmother also was killed. Neighbors say they helped authorities remove the girl's body from a pile of debris using a folding card table.

County Emergency Services Director Jeff Smith says the storm left a debris field about 7 miles long and 100 yards wide. He says little time elapsed between when the storm was spotted on radar and the first 911 calls.
 

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