Hurricane force winds cause damage, prompt evacuation at NC hotel

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WSPA) - Jacksonville, North Carolina officials said more than 60 people were evacuated from a hotel after hurricane force winds "threatened the structural integrity of the building."

According to post on the Jacksonville North Carolina Government's Facebook page, 62 people, including an infant, several children, as well as pets, were evacuated from the Triangle Motor Inn, located at 246 Wilmington Highway, and taken to the Jacksonville Center for Public Safety.

No one was injured during the incident.

According to the post, Jacksonville 911 received a call about damage to the hotel around 12:45 a.m. Friday.

An officer who responded to the scene found a basketball sized hole in a corner room, and firefighters later found damage to the building's structure.

"Cinder blocks that were part of the structure were crumbling in some places and residents were still in many of the rooms," from the post.

Jacksonville officials said the hurricane force winds created a challenge, as police and fire personnel had to force their way into some of the rooms at the hotel.

"Portions of the roof were collapsed, allowing rain to flood some of the rooms. Using a host of vehicles, Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services transported many residents of the facility. Some drove their own vehicles with police escorts."

According to the post, officials are working to find shelter for the residents displaced from the hotel.

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