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High Wind Shakes Up Appomattox and Charlotte Counties


Reporter: Sally Delta

Charlotte Co., VA - Folks in Appomattox and Charlotte County are busy cleaning up from Monday's storm. High winds took down trees and flipped a single-wide trailer.

Many say they took cover Monday as if it were a tornado. ABC 13 weather experts say the storm was not tornadic but did leave behind some serious damage.

It took down a solid oak by the roots, busted out windows and swept a nailed-in swing right off the porch.

"It was different. I never have heard anything like it," said Kent Reynolds, who had his roof torn off.

On Monday just around dinner time, homeowners along a stretch of Redhouse Road heard a loud roar outside and braced for the worst.

"We were freaking out," said Candace Clowdis, an resident in Appomattox County.

"I was scared," said Kent Reynolds.

Reynolds lives in Charlotte County and was inside an old storage building when the storm came through.

"Me and my wife had our backs to the front door to keep it from swinging open," said Reynolds.

Just a few miles down the road, in Appomattox County, Edy Denton and Candace Clowdis sat in the middle of the house and prayed.

"You could hear it ripping stuff off the house," said Edy Denton, whose windows blown in. "There was so much wind and hail, that you couldn't even see out the windows."

Locals say it took just around ten minutes for debris to scatter all over their yard, including a chair that was sitting on the front porch.

The storm ripped off vinyl, peeled the siding off of a shed and busted out a window that brought water gushing into the house. Back over at Kent Reynolds, the tin roof peeled back and part flew right off the building.

When it was all over and you came out and saw this? What did you say?" we asked.

"You don't want to know," said Reynolds.

Despite all the damage, everyone I talked to was just thankful they survived it.

"How are you all feeling now?" we asked Candace Clowdis.

"Still shaken up actually. We've got a lot of work to do, but we're glad to be here," said Clowdis.

What caused all that damage is called a downburst. According to ABC 13's Chief Meteorologist Sean Sublette, it happens when wind rushes down from the thunderstorm and spreads out in all directions. Those winds could reach speeds around 80 mph.

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