Tornado Damages Roof of SECU Branch in Raleigh
The devastating storms that ravaged the South over the weekend damaged the roof of a Raleigh branch of the $21.4 billion State Employees’ Credit Union in North Carolina.
“Our employees are all safe though a few reported damage to their homes and some cars parked in the lots,” according to Jim Blaine, president/CEO of the 1.6 million-member SECU.
“That branch right in the center of Raleigh is closed today because of power outages but it should be back on line tomorrow,” Blaine said Monday. He said it’s about six blocks from the state capitol.
Blaine said only six or seven of the credit union’s 1,200 ATMs were shut down by outages “and that’s pretty good” considering the scale of destruction the Saturday storms left across the Tarheel State.
Twenty-two of the 45 deaths blamed on the weekend outbreak were in North Carolina, according to CNN. Thousands of people were left without power.
“I think praise is due to state officials in managing this kind of emergency so expertly,” Blaine said.