By Amanda Lamb | February 17, 2021 at 11:18 PM EST – Updated February 17 at 11:57 PM
SUNSET BEACH, N.C. — Two of the three people killed by a Monday night tornado in Brunswick County were a retired couple getting ready to celebrate the man’s birthday.
Richard and Phyllis O’Connor were asleep in bed when the storm hit shortly before midnight and leveled their home. The tornado picked up the house and dropped it on a neighbor’s house in the Ocean Ridge Plantation subdivision, flattening both, according to son Rob O’Connor.
Tuesday would have been Richard O’Connor’s 73rd birthday.
During a visit to the devastated neighborhood, Gov. Roy Cooper learned that the spouse of the third tornado victim was hospitalized in critical condition
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