1 killed during severe weather in Catawba Co., 4 others hurt

CLAREMONT, N.C. (WBTV) – One person is dead, and four others were injured in Catawba County due to weather-related damage, according to Catawba County officials.

Officials identified the victim as Dustin Ray Weaver, 39, of Claremont. Of the four others who were transported from the scene, three were discharged with minor injuries and one remains hospitalized.

Multiple homes were damaged in a mobile home park located along Evening Drive near Morning Drive, according to officials.

Photos showed the extreme damage from the line of storms.

Preliminary indications are an EF-1 tornado, with winds of 110 mph, touched down in Catawba County, according to the National Weather Service. A crew was continuing to survey the area Wednesday afternoon.

Officials state that approximately 30 people were displaced by the storm damage.

A shelter has been set up at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 3180 W. Main St. in Claremont.

The shelter is open for residents who have been relocated due to the storm. The shelter is staffed by County personnel and American Red Cross volunteers and is providing cots, blankets, restrooms, and food.

Residents seeking shelter at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church are advised to bring the following:

  • Medications and related medical supplies
  • Personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • A change of clothes
  • Food if you have special food needs
  • A pillow and blanket if you prefer to use your own

Residents with questions about shelter accommodations may call (828) 465-8355.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety mobilized Task Force 3 out of Charlotte to Claremont. Task Force 3 can breach and break heavy concrete and wood frame structures.

Type III task forces can provide the following:

  • Up to 40 personnel
  • Two Type III task forces can combine to become a Type I task force
  • Completely self-sufficient for 72 hours
  • Designed to maintain 12-hour-a-day operations
  • Can respond with smaller response packages based on incident requirements
  • Capabilities include heavy concrete breaching and breaking, in addition to wood frame structural responses

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