CHOCOWINITY, BEAUFORT COUNTY -

Governor McCrory and other state officials surveyed tornado damage and spoke to residents in Beaufort and Chowan Counties Sunday afternoon.

“This was massive destruction that happened to a lot of neighborhoods in North Carolina within a very short period of time,” Governor Mcrory said.

Sunday, Governor McCrory spoke to families in Chocowinity affected by tornado damages. Governor McCrory walked through the tornado destruction followed by a team of officials.

With more than 60 homes destroyed and almost 200 homes damaged in Beaufort County, Governor McCrory said they will do what they can to help.

“We as a government are trying to do everything we can to provide the best service we can to get these people's lives back on track as quick as possible,” Governor McCrory said.

The governor said they will be focusing on families without insurance or in great financial need. Governor McCrory also made a strong point to warn looters to stay away from destroyed homes.

“We do not want outsiders and strangers coming into these neighborhoods and taking advantage of these families who are going through tough times and believe me we will be enforcing the law," Governor McCrory said.

Emergency Management Services Officials plan to visit Beaufort County Monday to assess tornado damage and determine what types of financial aid programs the county may be eligible for. The emergency services director said they hope to know by next week whether Beaufort County qualifies for any damage declaration either from the state or the federal government

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Governor Pat McCrory and other state officials will visit the storm-damaged areas in Beaufort and Chowan Counties Sunday afternoon.

According to a news release from the governor's office, McCrory, along with Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, Dept. of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry, and N.C. Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry; will visit the Chocowinity area around noon.

They will tour around to assess the damage.

The group will then continue to tour the damaged areas in Edenton later in the afternoon.