CHOWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – The National Weather Service confirmed five tornadoes touched down in the eastern part of North Carolina, including three in the WAVY News 10 viewing area. North Carolina officials said at least 12 people were hurt and dozens of homes destroyed.
WAVY News’ Jason Marks was in Edenton Saturday, where a family was trapped in their home the previous night. The house, located on Yeopim Road, was built almost 100 years ago.
Witnesses told Marks a mother, her 1-year-old baby boy and another young family member were in the house when the storm went through. When it passed, the young child was able to crawl out the window and run for help, but the mother and baby were trapped inside.
Three people passing by spotted the collapsed house and heard the mother screaming for help. They rushed to help, and were able to lift the roof up enough for the woman and baby to get out.
“I stood underneath it and lifted it with my back, and she had the baby just like right here, the baby wasn’t going nowhere. That baby would have been crushed if it wasn’t for his mom,” said Bryson Ghose, one of the people who stopped to help.
Marks learned both the mother and son were rushed to the hospital. The mother has since been released. The baby was taken to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk and was in an induced coma and on a ventilator Saturday. Family members told WAVY News the baby died at CHKD on Sunday.
Stay with WAVY.com for any updates.
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