Just twelve days after fierce winds from a severe thunderstorm dipped down in Alexandria causing property damage, DeKalb County was hammered again by another round of storms Monday afternoon with the Jefferson and Keltonburg communities taking the hardest blows this time.
Charlie Parker, DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator, said high winds uprooted trees, blew off shingles, metal roofing and guttering from homes, and ripped off tin from barn roof tops and outbuildings. One of the worst hit areas was at the residence of Woody and Carolyn Adcock on Jefferson Road where a free standing garage behind the house collapsed onto the vehicles parked inside.
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Parker said the damage from this storm appeared to have been caused from straight line winds. "We had reports of a possible tornado in the Jefferson area but it appeared to be straight line winds and very high gusts of winds. There was some very strong winds with it. The winds blew over and broke several trees and limbs. There was some damage around Creek Road in the Keltonburg community and back down on Jefferson Road. I have a list of about ten different locations that had some damage to either the barn, outbuilding, or to the roof of the house. Most of the damage was minor to moderate. No houses were destroyed and there were no reports of any injuries. There were some power lines down and tree limbs across them and some residents were without power for a while because of it."
Parker added that heavy rains during the storm also caused a few problems in the Smithville area. "There was a tremendous amount of rain with this system and a lot of standing, puddling water. It was hard to drive in during that time and some motorists said they felt like they were floating because there was so much water out there. No major flooding was reported and no one had to be evacuated. It was primarily on roadways and areas that typically have problems with high water like West Main Street."
Crews from Caney Fork Electric Cooperative and DTC Communications were called out to repair lines and restore service to those affected by the storms.