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Annina Purdy, who was inside the Lowe's hardware store in Sanford, N.C. the previous day when a tornado destroyed the building, returned to the store's parking lot on April 17, 2011, to reclaim personal belongings. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson) Annina Purdy, who was inside the Lowe's hardware store in Sanford, N.C. the previous day when a tornado destroyed the building, returned to the store's parking lot on April 17, 2011, to reclaim personal belongings. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The storm system that brought tornadoes from Oklahoma to North Carolina in recent days turned out to be the deadliest in more than three years.

At least 44 people died, almost half of them in North Carolina.

Greg Carbin of the federal Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma says it could turn out to be among the top 10 three-day outbreaks, in terms of the number of tornadoes.

The National Weather Service is investigating 267 preliminary tornado reports -- including 97 in North Carolina on Saturday. But many of those will turn out to be duplicates.

Carbin says a storm system like this will come along every few years -- usually at this time of the year.

Most tornadoes that come in the early spring strike the Southeast and South Central states.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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