Storms cause property damage

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Severe thunderstorms brought down trees, power lines and even destroyed a home early Saturday morning in Dallas County.

According to Emergency Management Agency Director Brett Howard, straight-line winds in excess of 100 mph were to blame for the majority of the damage.

“It’s typical for some high straight line winds accompanied with the rainfall we’ve had,” Howard said of the damage. “A lot of the trees were blown over roots and all.”

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While no one was hurt in the early morning storm, Howard said eight homes, several vehicles and the Sardis Volunteer Fire Department suffered damage.

“Most of the damage was due to trees coming down,” he said. “The wind blew the (garage doors) in on the Sardis Volunteer Fire Department, they couldn’t get the trucks out.”

Several homes and businesses were left without power, but Howard said Pioneer Electric responded.

“There were no injuries but there were a lot of power lines down,” Howard said. “A lot of people were without power.”

The storm also claimed the press box on Southside High School’s stadium, leaving only poles.

Howard said that there is no federal help available but families that have been displaced by the storm can contact the Red Cross or the Salvation Army about assistance.

Though many reported the damage was from tornadoes, Howard said the National Weather service confirmed the damage was from straight-line winds. However, Howard said there was a tornado warning issued at roughly 6 a.m. for a system over Orrville heading towards Selma, but it did not touch down.

Howard added that the thunderstorm did damage in only a limited part of the county.

“Minter, Sardis and Southside and that was basically it,” he said.