Target: Residents of Pitt and Beaufort Counties, North Carolina
Goal: Support victims of damaging tornado
Winds blew and the storm raged in eastern North Carolina on Saturday, April 26th. A tornado swept through the eastern region of the state, damaging over 200 homes, mostly in Pitt and Beaufort Counties. Not only were homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, but twenty people were sent to the emergency room with serious injuries. Tornadoes are unusual on the East Coast, and many were caught by surprise by the storm. The residents of Beaufort County deserve our support and solidarity in this trying and confusing time.
Meteorologists and severe weather experts said on the 26th, after the storm had passed, that the twister reached upwards of 111 miles per hour, touching down several times in Pitt and Beaufort Counties before the winds subsided. Photographs taken by news agencies that day show shocked residents wading through debris caused by damaged mobile homes, downed power lines, and felled trees. Many residents reported not owning homes with a safe basement to hide from the storm in, resulting in a greater incidence of injury among victims.
Onlookers reported that the storm appeared to be close to 300 yards wide and stayed on the ground for nearly ten miles. Thousands of people went without power. Local businesses and farms sustained damage that will take months to repair.
While all victims of severe weather deserve sympathy and support, tornadoes are often particularly damaging when they occur in uncommon locations. With the ever-advancing rate of climate change, more widespread severe weather may be in our future. Stand with the citizens of eastern North Carolina, and offer them your solidarity and support today.
Dear Residents of Beaufort and Pitt Counties, North Carolina,
Severe weather can be cataclysmic, damaging, and terrifying for victims. This is particularly true in cases when a specific kind of storm, such as a tornado, is unexpected. While the initial shock of the storm can be traumatic, the months of rebuilding that await can be especially difficult as well.
I am writing to you today to offer my support and solidarity as you rebuild your community. My thoughts are with you.
[Your Name Here]
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