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At least a dozen hurt in North Carolina storms

CLINTON, N. C. – At least a dozen people are hurt after a storm struck in eastern North Carolina for almost a week after a tornado struck area.

The storm hit Sampson County about 30 miles east of Fayetteville around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Assistant Sampson County manager Susan Holder told local news media that at least three people were taken to hospital. None of the injuries were serious, Holder said.

Trees fell on houses and power lines. Duke Energy reported about 1,800 customers without service Tuesday morning. About 1,000 of them were in Sampson County.

Holder said the county is already more than a dozen reports of flipped homes. A number of pig and poultry farm houses were destroyed.

A tornado struck the county, May 23, heavily damaging several homes and a fire station in Autryville. No serious injuries were reported.

Schools were opening two hours later than usual in the Sampson County and the city of Clinton on Tuesday because of road closures in the area.

The National Weather Service planned to send a survey team Sampson County on Tuesday to determine whether the damage was from a tornado or straight line winds.

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