Smithfield storm damage forces factory evacuation, hospitalizes 1

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Officials in Smithfield are evacuating a factory off Wal Pat Road after a storm that moved through central North Carolina on Wednesday evening damaged a gas tank.

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“He told us, ‘Y’all run, y’all go down there,’ you know?” said Josias Brown of Smithfield.

Employees at the businesses in the area said there was a lot of flooding, and when they got outside they saw a propane tank smoking.

“We go to the break room and water was rushing in. Outside in the parking lot here was flooded and debris was flying everywhere and everything was going on,” said Omar Maharaj of Smithfield.

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One woman was injured when a tree fell on her car on Lee Street, Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore said. She was taken to a hospital, but the extent of her injuries wasn’t immediately clear.

The storms caused significant damage in the Smithfield area in general, fire officials said.

Initial reports included word of trees down, power lines down, structural collapses and one person trapped. More details weren’t immediately available.

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