RALEIGH, N.C. — At least eight people were confirmed dead after a tornado tore through a tiny North Carolina town early Thursday as severe thunderstorms battered the southeast for a second day, leaving thousands without power and at least 12 storm-related deaths.

The tornado ripped through a mobile home park in a tiny Columbus County community this morning. The tornado flipped cars, shredded trees and ripped mobile homes to pieces.

Columbus County Commissioner Chairman Kip Godwin said authorities had mostly concluded their search efforts and have accounted for everyone on their list of missing persons. Earlier, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley said 20 were hospitalized after the twister.

What a mess.....rest of the article talks about how the moblie homes "exploded" when hit by the tornado. The NWS preaches until it is beyond blue in the face to never stay in a moblie home at the mere threat of severe weather...to include tornadoes, straight line winds, hurricanes, and the like.....
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I have lived in a Mobile Home all my life and have been through many storms. I believe if its your time to go it dont matter wither you live in a brick house or a mobile home you will be taken. But when they give out bad weather and those that do live in mobile homes should by all mean seek save shelter somewhere other than inside the mobile home.
Being in a mobile home or brick home makes no difference. If a tornado is going to hit one or the other, it's the end. Some mobile or manufactured homes are made just as good as some "regular" homes. The one I live in contains 2x4's and 3/4 plywood on the inner walls. Most contractor built homes don't even have that.

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