"This is massive destruction," McCrory said as he surveyed the damage Sunday. "We're so thankful that some families were not in these houses when tornadoes struck."
Gov. McCrory is touring eastern North Carolina on Sunday, visiting areas damaged by at least seven tornados that struck the state on Friday.
Eastern North Carolina cleaned up Saturday from powerful tornadoes that damaged about 200 homes and knocked out power to thousands of customers.
Multiple twisters touched down in an area east of Greenville, North Carolina, to Beaufort County, on Friday evening, the National Weather Service reported.
A tornado that struck Whichards Beach in Beaufort County injured 16 people and damaged or destroyed 150-200 homes, reported the Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management, quoting the National Weather Service.
The twister was rated an EF-3, with winds estimated at 150 mph. Emergency management official said that ended the streak of days without an EF-3 tornado at 158 days.
CNN contributed to this report.