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Severe storm injures at least 5 in NC

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — At least five people are injured, and officials are surveying damage as the National Weather Service confirmed that tornadoes struck Mecklenburg and Cherokee counties.

A spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety says five people in Mecklenburg County suffered non-life threatening injuries. Officials say nearly 90 homes were damaged. The storm struck across parts of northeast Mecklenburg and southern Cabarrus counties early Saturday, knocking down trees and pulling roofs off homes.

In western North Carolina, the weather service confirmed a tornado struck Cherokee County on Friday evening. Officials say 25 homes and 15 businesses were damaged when a tornado with winds of up to 120 mph touched down.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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