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After the storm: Bertie County, N.C., 2011

Tornado at 7 p.m.
Tornado at 7:01 p.m.
Tornado damage, Askewville, 2011
Tornado damage, Askewville, 2011

Tornado, April 2011, a set on Flickr.

A long-track tornado tore through Askewville, N.C., on April 16, killing 12 people. It was part of a single-system tornado outbreak that spawned at least 150 confirmed tornadoes across 14 states.

The first two photos are pictures my parents took from their front porch — a mere 3 miles away from the storm. The following shots were taken two weeks later. This is but a tiny representation of the damage this rural community suffered.

Among the photos I did not have the courage to take: the one of the old woman crying as a backhoe ripped through her home’s roof and tore down the damaged walls; the one of the man tending his garden because there was nothing else left to tend to. Only the rubble that had been moved to road told you that a home had once been there.

Edenton in April

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Edenton in April, a set on Flickr.

My family and I enjoyed a nearly perfect spring evening in historic Edenton, N.C., where we dined on fresh seafood at Waterman’s and listened to live music at Boogie on Broad, an event sponsored by Destination Downtown Edenton, a non-profit revitalization organization. The Embers, North Carolina’s legendary beach music band, drew a packed street, and the party was still going strong when we left well after 9.

Edenton isn’t known for its nightlife so much as it is for its beautiful historic district. Established in 1712, the waterfront village has preserved its colonial- and plantation-era architecture, earning it a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and more recently, spot on Forbes’ list of America’s Prettiest Towns.

I’m only sorry I didn’t have more sunlight to take more pictures of this sweet town.

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