Rescue teams begin searching for missing persons after the tornado hit the North Carolina area

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The Wilmington Fire Department said teams requested by state emergency management are deploying to locate the missing people.

Earlier, the National Weather Service Wilmington Office reported structural damage and power lines and urged people to avoid the area.

Millions without power as winter weather blows up the United States
About 140,000 people were estimated to live in Brunswick County in 2019, according to United States Census.
The storm is a part of larger weather system it brings brutally cold temperatures to large parts of the United States, including a crippling ice storm that has toppled Texas and caused massive power outages.

CNN has reached out to the Brunswick County Emergency Management Office for more information.

Storms will continue in the area, and tornadoes are still raging in eastern North Carolina, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.

Areas north of Wilmington including the outer banks of Elizabeth City remain under guard until 1 p.m. 8, he said.

This is a story that is evolving and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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