Tornados are not unusual in NC. But tornados of that magnitude are.
We normally get EF0's and EF1"s. We do not get the biggies.
WE had one come thru our subdivision 2 years ago. NO 911 calls. The tornado went thru around 6 pm. By dark the guys had not only opened all the roads in the sub they also opened one lane of the main road, had all the trees off of houses and roofs tarped.
24 people died in NC.