According to reports in local media, 15 towns in and around the central and eastern parts of the state have suffered damages .
Reports have emerged that three people lost their lives in the calamity, two in Ammon, north of Elizabethtown, and one person in Bladenboro. The figure was ascertained by the Bladen County Emergency Operations Centre. There are also reports of two dozen "significant injuries".
According to the National Weather Service, close to two dozen tornadoes struck southern states of Mississippi and Alabama on Friday, close to the heels of the 15 twisters that rammed Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Corey Mead, a meteorologist with the National Storm Prediction Centre said, “This system has clearly had the most intense severe storms of the early spring season".
Popular news channel NBC TV reported that close to 45 people had died as a result of the fatal tornadoes. Such natural calamities are a permanent feature in the US between the months of March to early July. It typically moves from south to north over the course of the year.