A day after a violent storm system swept across North Carolina, kicking up tornadoes and flattening much in its path, residents began the painful process of cleaning up and mourning those lost.

State officials said Sunday that the death toll from the storms is at least 21, making it the deadliest thunderstorm system to hit the state in more than two decades. Three of the victims – two young siblings and a cousin – died instantly when a tree landed on a Raleigh mobile home. They had been cowering in a closet.

At least 130 people were injured – some severely – and hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed.

via Storms leave trail of pain, ruin across N.C. | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.