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Tornadoes from One Storm Tracked Over 100 Miles from Greensboro to Danville to Lynchburg into Amherst Co. Sunday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

amherstcoAMHERST CO. - While Franklin County saw high winds and very heavy rain Sunday afternoon, just to the east, the situation is much more serious. A single supercell storm - a storm that rotates - could be tracked Sunday afternoon from Greensboro north into Rockingham Co., NC. The same storm hit Danville and Blairs in Pittsylvania County before reorganizing just to the north over Timberlake just outside of Lynchburg City in Campbell County. Cars were toppled in Timberlake with significant building damage into Lynchburg. Widespread tornado damage - trees snapped, buildings and homes damaged or destroyed were also reported in Amherst County. Numerous power poles were snapped and power lines are down throughout the area. 

Heavy rainfall of 1-4", locally higher kept flooding concerns alive and hampered rescue and cleanup efforts Sunday night. 

Monday will clear, except for snow flurries and snow showers in the mountains. It will turn colder as temps fall out of the 50s and into the 40s and 30s in the mountains. NW winds could gust over 35 mph at times into Tuesday.

- Meteorologist Jamey Singleton

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Rocky Mount Man Killed in House Fire Early Friday Morning

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

UPDATE: Officials and family members say Donald "Duck" Ledbetter, Sr., 70, died in an early morning house fire Friday. Crews were called to the fire around 4:15 a.m. The house had been converted into six studio apartments. Witnesses say Ledbetter initially escaped the fire along with everyone else, but went back inside when he died. The body has been sent to the forensic lab in Roanoke. The investigation into the fire continues. 

BURNT CHIMNEY - Officials confirm to Cable 12 that one person died in the fire. The home on 122 is a total loss, fire officials say. Crews from Burnt Chimney, Rocky Mount and Boones Mill responded to the blaze around 4:30 a.m. Belongings were being gathered from the remains Friday morning. This is a developing story, more details to come. 

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Sheriff's Office Hosting Drug Take Back Day April 28

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

DrugTakeBackDealerThe Franklin County Sheriff's Department will be hosting two locations for the Spring 2018 DEA Drug Take Back Day on April 28. 

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., deputies will be stationed at the Westlake Sheriff's Office sub-station and at the Ferrum College Police Department. The Rocky Mount Police Department will be at Walmart on Old Franklin Turnpike. 

Drug take back events are intended to remove outdated and unused drugs from medicine cabinents for safe disposal.