GREENSBORO, N.C. — As parts of North Carolina dealt with severe weather on Sunday, it was an all-too-familiar feeling for this time of year.
Monday marks one year since Greensboro and Rockingham County endured an EF-2 tornado that destroyed homes and schools while testing the resolve of families and communities.
The tornado developed just east of downtown Greensboro and rolled north for 33 miles before dissipating south of Danville, Virginia. Northeast Greensboro was hit the hardest. 37 homes were said to be destroyed with 1,007 structures damaged. Three school buildings were hit hard, forcing students to attend other schools.
Video sent in from viewers showed the storm's power.
Here at the station, we narrowly avoid the tornado's path. The tornado dodged our building by about a mile.
Unfortunately, some weren't as lucky. Aerial video showed homes damaged and lives forever changed.
To help those still recovering, the #2Cares tornado recovery telethon will be held Monday at the station. You can call in and pledge to help those still hurting.
Here are all your telethon answers:
- What number to call? (336) 379-5600
- What to text? Text TRT2019 to 41444
- Time: 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
- Where does the money go?: To the City of Greensboro’s Recovery fund to be used for direct Assistance, housing repairs, rehousing and case management
- What do people recovering still need? Furniture, kitchen appliances/linen, kitchen dining and cookware, bathroom items, cleaning and storage items, home repair assistance, funds and volunteers.
Monday, the city released numbers on the recovery effort. More than 2,000 donors have donated more than $800,000 and FEMA has given more than $1,000,000.
While many people took shelter, our first responders went out to make sure everyone was safe. Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott and and Senior Firefighter Luke Easter talked about their firsthand experience with the tornado.