• Triplets trapped after tree falls on Morganton home


    MORGANTON, N.C. - Some areas of Burke County are still cleaning up from Tuesday night’s storms.

    Channel 9 was able to find some of the worst damage -- including one falling tree that trapped triplets in their bedroom.

    After the storm hit, public safety officers said they received 60 911 calls.

    Trees were down all across the area not far from downtown Morganton.

    The storm lasted only about 15 minutes but packed a punch with winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

    Fortunately, no one was hurt but Channel 9 spoke with a mother who said her 12-year-old triplet girls were trapped in their bedroom after part of a huge tree came down on her home.

    She said a neighbor rescued them by forcing their bedroom door open.

    Some have asked if the storm produced a tornado but with most of the trees laying in the same direction it appeared to just be strong straight line winds.

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