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Violent weather from Oklahoma to North Carolina on the weekend of April 15 has left hundreds of homes leveled and about 45 people dead.

Close to 245 tornadoes were reported from the storm system. North Carolina appears to have been the hardest hit.

Insurers call the weather unusual and challenging, but they have responded to claims and assisted in humanitarian efforts throughout the region.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says she “has never seen anything like” the storm system that destroyed at least 130 homes and damaged 700 others, some severely. The governor toured the state on April 17 and told NBC’s “The Today Show” that the high winds—reportedly up to 165 mph—razed homes as if they were paper doll houses. Twenty-one are reported dead and Perdue declared a state of emergency.

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