Nightly News | April 17, 2011
>>> with another view from the ground , we want to go to the weather channel 's mike bettes also in raleigh .
>> reporter: good evening to you. certainly a day they won't soon forget here in raleigh after a barrage of tornadoes tore up community after community. today it was neighbors banding together, helping each other clear debris piling up in the front yard, home after home hit by tornadoes here in this raleigh community just north of town. but many of the more remarkable things in all this is the survival stories like the home you see right here. two-story home that no longer exists, wiped off its foundation. the family wasn't home at the time. they were actually at a soccer match. they were returning home from that soccer match, and the tornado thankfully beat them home. they have no basement and only now can wonder what would have happened if they were inside. governor bev perdue has declared a state of emergency . the severe storms will now go down likely as the most prolific tornado damage the state has ever