Disaster Relief: Providing shelter, food and water. A tornado in North Carolina severely damaged a Pfizer plant, damaged several other structures, shut down a major interstate and injured at least 16 people Wednesday afternoon. The tornado was on the ground for 16.5 miles, lasting about 30 minutes, and produced peak winds of 150 mph, an EF-3. The tornado tore through Dortches, Nash County – around 45 miles northeast of Raleigh – and ended nine miles east-northeast of Battleboro in Edgecombe County. The maximum path width was about 600 yards. More than a dozen people were treated for minor injuries in Nash County as a result of the storm. Three people were injured in neighboring Edgecombe County – two with life-threatening injuries – when the storm passed through. Pfizer plant suffered damage, some structures in the tornado’s path were flattened. Pfizer’s Rocky Mount facility suffered severe damage – video from helicopters showed the roof crumpled like paper and building debris scattered into the surrounding parking lot. There were no reports of injuries at the plant, according to a statement from the company. That plant is one of the largest facilities manufacturing sterile injectable drugs in the world, with more than 1.4 million square feet of manufacturing space on 250 acres in the eastern part of the state.
Providing shelter food and water to residents. The fire broke out at the plant in Winston-Salem, where more than 7,000 people within a mile of the plant were told to leave their homes over worries of a possible explosion. More than 600 tons of ammonium nitrate were at the Winston Weaver Company plant when the fire broke out on Monday night. More than 600 tons of ammonium nitrate were at the Winston Weaver Company plant when the fire broke out on Monday night. Toxic fumes could linger in the air for 48 hours. Symptoms may include coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, or even suffocation. When swallowed in high concentrations, ammonium nitrate may cause headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weakness, a tingling sensation, heart and circulation irregularities, convulsions, collapse, and suffocation.
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