Jen Zezza helps look for items in friend Christine Rechenberg's tornado-destroyed home in northeast Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Cleanup was on going as the whole neighborhood was ... more 
Jen Zezza helps look for items in friend Christine Rechenberg's tornado-destroyed home in northeast Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Cleanup was on going as the whole neighborhood was littered and homes damaged with trees felled from Saturday's tornado. From remote rural communities to the state's second-largest city, thousands of residents hit by the most active tornado outbreak recorded in North Carolina's history were clearing away rubble and debris, repairing power lines and facing a recovery that will cost tens of millions of dollars. Gov. Beverly Perdue on Tuesday requested a federal disaster declaration for 18 counties, which would open up federal aid. less 
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Tue, Apr 19, 2011 5:10 PM EDT