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State Of Emergency Issued In North Carolina City

Monday, April 16, 2018

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a spring storm that dumped heavy snow on Upper Midwest, Plains states. 

Authorities say they've declared a local state of emergency in Greensboro, North Carolina, after an apparent tornado Sunday caused damage in several locations around that city.

Greensboro police said in a tweet that there also has been one storm-related fatality in Greensboro, but they gave no immediate details of that death. They did not elaborate on the damages. But earlier media reports said high winds damaged at least seven homes and destroyed one mobile classroom.

The statement says emergency crews are conducting emergency checks in the areas affected and urged anyone needing immediate shelter to head to a local high school. Separately the city of Greensboro tweeted that damage was "prominent" but that a tornado had not been immediately confirmed by the National Weather Service.

Severe storms have blown down trees, caused airport delays and knocked out power to tens of thousands in North and South Carolina.

About 75,000 homes and businesses were without power late Sunday afternoon in the two states. Duke Energy said about 43,000 customers lacked power in North Carolina, and another 9,000 in South Carolina. South Carolina Electric and Gas Company reported 23,000 customers without power in South Carolina.

The airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, said on Twitter Sunday that severe weather caused a ground stop and forced air traffic controllers to leave their tower. The ground stop was later lifted.

Elsewhere, authorities in Lexington County, South Carolina, posted photos online of a house that had been damaged, while the weather service received a report of the roof being blown off an agricultural building in the county.