ATLANTIC BEACH, CARTERET COUNTY - On this sunny Thanksgiving day people like Mel Hoard are picking up the pieces. They are collecting what they can find after a destructive tornado hit their homes and Atlantic Beach.
"It's finally starting to hit everybody. It's kind of like shell shock. I don't wish this on anybody," said Hoard.
Those who weren't there during the tornado have started coming to see what has happened to their residences. Joanne Gusko first heard about what happened to her home away from home on the news.
"The second floor is totally gone. So, we had to come today," Gusko said.
The only thing the tornado moved in her unit was a book and an air conditioner.
Robert Allsbrook manager of Ocean Sands said he's been dealing with calls non-stop.
However, on this Thanksgiving he's trying forget about that and just hang out with who he calls "the tornado survivors."
"We have some injured people, that had to be taken to the hospital, but we are still here. We're still kicking. So, we are getting together [Thursday] and eating a plate and enjoying ourselves the best we can," Allsbrook said.
Allsbrook said they are waiting on Ocean Sand's insurance to see what they will be able to do next.