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State and Local Officials Assess Tornado Damage

 State and federal officials are assessing the extent of the damage caused by tornadoes in North Carolina on Saturday. Jessica Jones reports from Raleigh.

Downed trees and power lines have turned downtown Raleigh into a ghost town. Cleanup crews could be seen this afternoon clearing away branches and other debris. Raleigh's mayor, Charles Meeker, says even though tornadoes cut a small swath through the city, they were very destructive. 

Charles Meeker: "The damage there is really anything as bad or worse during what we saw in Hurricane Fran with the rest of our community. So this really is a substantial event in terms of the areas that have been affected."

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are conferring with state and local officials to begin the process of disaster assistance.

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