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At least three people were killed in North Carolina overnight after a tornado struck

After a tornado ripped through a seaside town in North Carolina, at least three people were killed, while millions of people in Texas sat in the dark early Tuesday despite subfreezing temperatures.

Just after midnight Tuesday in south-eastern Brunswick county near Grissettown in the Ocean Ridge Plantation Neighborhood, the deadly tornado that officials said left at least 10 people injured struck.

News outlets confirmed that the tornado destroyed houses toppled power lines which left thousands without electricity and snapped trees in half.

Emergency management in Brunswick county said that persons were stuck in houses. Ingram said searches were underway for missing persons which would rise through the day. He urged individuals to avoid the region as teams were trying to clear the streets and check for casualties.

Meanwhile, in Texas, nearly 4 million homes and businesses were without electricity, where temperatures fell overnight into the single digits. According to, which monitors energy outage data, more than 250,000 individuals lost power across areas of Appalachia, and another quarter of a million was without electricity following an ice storm in north-west Oregon.

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