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PASQUOTANK COUNTY, N.C. -- Dozens of homes have been destroyed after tornados ripped through North Carolina last week.

David Garrison of the Greater Albemarle Chapter of the American Red Cross said his agency has been providing food and clean up supplies to residents, but the agency is now shifting focus toward monetary relief.

'We are actually sending case work teams out to do individual meetings with families and figure out what their needs are and then we'll give them financial assistance,' said Garrison.

Pasquotank officials said at least 13 homes were destroyed and another 17 sustained major damage. In addition, downed power lines and fallen trees knocked out power to thousands of residents in the county.

Pasquotank, Chowan and Perquimans were hit hardest by Friday's storms. Red Cross client case workers met with the neediest of families on Monday. Garrison said they have also been getting help from other Red Cross Chapters.

'For this size and scope we had to go outside our region to get assistance. We've actually got volunteers from South Carolina, the western part of North Carolina and Southern Virginia has come in to help us,' Garrison said.

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