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SECU branch reports damages by tornado in N.C.
MURPHY, N.C. (3/7/12)--A branch of State Employees' CU (SECU) in North Carolina sustained some damage from last weekend's widespread tornadoes that touched down in parts of the Midwest, Southeast and Atlantic Coast regions.

Fortunately, there was only minimal damage to the Murphy, N.C., branch of SECU as a result of a tornado, Sandra Jones, SECU vice president-member education, told News Now after speaking with Bobby Hall, SECU senior executive vice president.

"There was no structural damage, only minor damage to the drive-thru area and some ceiling-tile damage due to water leakage," Jones explained. "Power was out over the weekend, but it was restored mid-morning on Monday and the branch was able to reopen before lunch. Repairs are already underway."

Also, there were no reports of damages to credit unions in Tennessee, Trish Patterson, vice president for education/information at the Tennessee Credit Union League, told News Now.

Two significant bouts of severe weather hit Tennessee Friday but no deaths were reported. Roughly 75 tornado warnings were issued in the state, with several tornadoes causing injuries statewide (weather.com March 3).

Storms and tornadoes that struck the Chattanooga, Tenn., area Friday injured at least 33 people and did damage to hundreds of homes--making it the second-largest outbreak in the past 25 years, according to local experts (timesfreepress.com March 4).
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