Residents of central North Carolina are picking through the pieces of their homes after a cluster of strong storms and tornadoes killed at least two people overnight.
Authorities say nighttime tornadoes are "especially dangerous" because they hit when people are sleeping.
A woman was found dead in her wrecked home and her son remains missing. A child in a nearby county was also reported killed.
The severe storm affected a half dozen counties, knocking down trees and power lines. In Kenly, about 35 miles southeast of Raleigh, one half of a home was flattened, and a boy's bedroom crushed. But, the boy had been sleeping in another room, and escaped injury.
A tree had fallen through the home's other half, onto a teenager's bedroom. She's been taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.