Thirty years ago, Hillborough resident Faylor Riley was sleeping in her home with her husband when a tornado touched down.
The tornado tore the roof off her home, and she lived in a motel until the house was rebuilt.
“So, at that point, I really could hear people crying and screaming, on my street and the street behind me, just all around,” Riley said. “So I'm thinking in my mind, if I could just get to my mom and dad's house, you know, maybe everything will be okay.”
On Nov. 24, 1992, the tornado killed two people — Josh Hall, 2, and Joe Terrell, 53 — in Hillsborough. The storm also hospitalized 10 people and damaged more than 100 homes.
Margaret Hauth, the assistant town manager of Hillsborough, was the planning director in 1992 when the tornado took place.
She said she felt like she was in a warzone when she entered the town on Nov. 24. Because of the storm’s impact on Hillsborough and the news coverage and publicity it brought to the town, other communities were aware of the situation, she said.
“But I feel like the tornado created an opportunity for the community to come together and for the community to interact more robustly with the government,” Hauth said.
At large, the town successfully recovered from the effects of the storm due to the emergency response in addition to residents helping each other, Riley said.
She also said she thinks Hillsborough was not prepared for the tornado but will be in the future.