ROCKY POINT, N.C. – Tornadoes spun from a tropical system touched down Friday in eastern North Carolina, killing a toddler and two adults in a trailer park, damaging buildings and knocking out power.
More than two dozen people in the area were also injured, officials said.
The deaths came as the area waited to see whether Hurricane Charley (search) would follow the remnants of Tropical Storm Bonniesaid. "Hopefully we'll have most of our emergency operations over by the time (Charley) gets here."
The 18-month-old girl and two men were killed at a mobile home park in Rocky Point, north of Wilmington, said Andie Thomas, director of the emergency department at Pender Memorial Hospital.
At least 15 people were hurt in the trailer park, including the girl's parents, Thomas said.
Victim Julio Pacheco, 28, a native of Mexico, had lived in the United States about eight years and worked with a tree removal service, said his brother, Flavio Gonzalez.
Also killed was David Jordan, 26, the Star-News of Wilmington reported.
Shane Leonard, the brother of Jordan's girlfriend, said Jordan had two of his children in his arms when their mobile home collapsed. Rescuers saved the children, but could not help Jordan, he said.
Ingar Sidbury, 27, said he and his wife and cousin, along with three young children, piled into the bathroom for shelter just before the tornado "sucked the roof right off" of his house in Pender County.
A shelter was set up at a school for about 100 residents of destroyed houses and trailers. Officials said 25 homes had major damage, and Easley toured the damaged area.
Tornadoes were also reported in other communities Friday, with injuries and building damage. At least five homes in Harnett County were destroyed Thursday by severe weather when the remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie blew across the state.