North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue MIA During Tornado Outbreak - Where was North Carolina's Governor during Saturday's disaster?
In the aftermath of Saturday's storms, the governor's office refused to answer questions about Perdue's whereabouts. Apparently media calls to Perdue's office could not reach the Governor throughout much of the day.
The governor was not present at the 8 p.m. media briefing and state Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell indicated he had not yet spoken directly with her.
But around 8:15 PM she was spotted changing planes in Charlotte.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Perdue communications director Chrissy Pearson said that Perdue had been out of the state attending to a "family obligation."
Then at 10:16 Perdue's staff issued a media release saying she would hold a briefing in Raleigh at 11 p.m.
At 11:05 more than 12 hours after the start what may be costliest tornado outbreak in the Tarheel state's history, she announced at the late night media conference that she had declared a state of emergency while looking like she had been on a weekend long bender.
Turns out Perdue was not attending a family event but was in Lexington, Kentucky visiting with fellow Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear attending the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, a thoroughbred horse race that severs are one of many Kentuchy Debry warm up parties. The "Blue Grass Stakes" the feature race during the day long event was not held until 5:45 PM.
Was Language To Blame for Eastern North Carolina Tornado Deaths? - Given the state's large Latino population and the evidence from some of the photos, Cedar Posts wonders if any of the 22 people who died Saturday didn't understand that multiple tornadoes were bearing down on them?
Residents of Stony Brook North Mobile Home Park
At least two trailer parks were destroyed by the storms. Why anyone would take shelter inside a mobile home during a tornado outbreak is beyond me. Most of the moblie homes in the path of the tornado that swept through Bertie County are simply gone and ten people lost their lives.
In the Stony Brook North moblie home park 3 boys were killed. Police say Cristina Alvarez was home with the children when she heard the tornado approaching the park. At the time, police say Alvarez tried to protect the children by putting them in a closet but a tree smashed into the home killing 9-year-old Daniel Quistian, 3-year-old Kevin Coronado and 8-year-old Osvaldo Coronado.
More than 50% of the trailers in the neighbor hood have been completly destoryed or will be condemmed.
Is it possible that because the warnings are not given in Spanish these people didn't understand what was about to happen? Should TV news stations run a crawl every once in a while in Spanish during these events? After all they repeat the same mindless warning of stay away from windows, stay out of mobile homes, take cover in a basement or drainage ditch over and over again. So why not in Spanish too?
CMPD Reports Only 8 Homicides So Far This Year - Got to give credit to someone so it might as well be CMPD. We started the year off in the right direction with only one homicide in January and none in February. But Saturday's 8th victim Larry Dean Wallace, 40, puts the lull into perspective, there are bad people out there and people get murdered.