Orange County still recovering after destruction from tornado that ripped through area


HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — For the past two weeks, Mike Dodson’s office has been all around his property off of Old Highway 86 near Interstate-40 in Hillsborough. 

“It’s pretty devastating,” Dodson said. “It’s been pretty depressing every day, you wake up and see the destruction that occurred.”

Dodson and others have been removing dozens of trees around his home after an EF-2 tornado touched down nearby on April 19.

The tornado also left damage in other areas including Leslie Drive near the White Cross area and the Maple View Farm and Agricultural Educational Center. 

Dodson told CBS 17 it’s probably going to take about a few more months to complete the cleanup all around his property. 

“I was really surprised how much destruction it was,” he said. 

The tornado took a toll on his property and business. 

“It’s just been an awful lot of stress, and a lot of headaches that no one wants,” Dodson said. 

For Dodson, he and his family will take more precautions for any severe weather in the future as they continue to rebuild. 

“I’ll certainly check around the structures now, and we’ll cut back trees that are too close that could cause damage,” he said. “After living through this, as I hear warnings on my phone, I’ll take them a little more serious for sure.”

Chapel Hill officials sent a notice, with next week marking Hurricane Preparedness Week. 

According to town officials, the National Weather Service has an emphasis each day on a particular strategy. This is to help people have a plan in place by the end of the week. 

Here is the schedule from Chapel Hill town officials: 

Sunday, May 5: Determine Your Risk

Monday, May 6: Develop an Evacuation Plan

Tuesday, May 7: Assemble Disaster Supplies

Wednesday, May 8: Get an Insurance Checkup

Thursday, May 9: Strengthen Your Home

Friday, May 10: Help Your Neighbor

Saturday, May 11: Complete a Written Plan

For more details on Hurricane Preparedness Week, click here. 

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