Powerful Thunderstorm Hits DeKalb County Hard

August 21, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tree falls on top of Don Turner's home on Earl Avenue in Smithville causing extensive damage to the roof
Metal roof blown off Smithville Business Doc's Detail Shop on Bryant Street (Photo by Ken Underhill)
Metal Roof Blown Off Doc's Detail Shop on Bryant Street (Photo by Ken Underhill)
Don Turner covers his car after a tree fell on it breaking the rear window

Powerful winds from a severe thunderstorm caused widespread damage across DeKalb County Wednesday afternoon with downed trees and power lines in various locations.

Central dispatch received more than one hundred calls in the aftermath of the storm. No injuries were reported.

Due to the storm, students were kept at school for about an hour longer than normal for their safety.

Most of the damage was due to trees which had been uprooted or fallen in yards and across roads and utility lines. Some structure damage was also reported at several places.

In Smithville a tree fell onto the home of Don Turner on Earl Avenue causing extensive damage to the roof. Turner's car parked near the house was damaged and the rear window broken out from the fallen tree.

The metal roof on the building that houses Doc's Detail Shop on East Bryant Street in Smithville was blown off.

Roof damage was reported at Triple A Coatings in Smithville

High winds caused damage to the home of Victor and Debbie McMillen on Lower Helton Road near Alexandria.

Firefighters, utility crews, state and county highway department workers, and others were dispatched to the affected areas, many of them using chainsaws to remove trees which had blocked roads.

(VIDEO BELOW SHOWS COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS USING CHAINSAWS TO REMOVE TREE ACROSS DEARMAN STREET OFF BRIGHT HILL ROAD)

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