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Storm: The aftermath

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES Volunteers help out a neighbor as they remove a tree from the top of a home outside of Chesapeake Wednesday.

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES
Volunteers help out a neighbor as they remove a tree from the top of a home outside of Chesapeake Wednesday.

A powerful storm rolled through Lawrence County and the Tri-State on Tuesday and the effects of that storm were evident Wednesday morning.

Homes and businesses were left without power, while trees and other debris were scattered across lawns and roadways. The incredible strength of the storm’s 65 mph winds was most evident along County Road 1.

The Ingram’s Fabric parking lot was covered with tree limbs and branches while two nearby residences narrowly avoided what could have been a tragic night at the hands of Mother Nature.

“I’ve never prayed so hard in all of my life,” said Toni Spangler, who lives across the street from Ingram’s Fabric. “It just got pitch black out, and the wind started howling. I believe if I would have been outside it would have been strong enough to pick me up and throw me.”

Trees and branches lay in twisted heaps of foliage and splintered bark around Spangler’s house. One large tree limb dangled just a few feet above her home’s master bedroom. It was caught and entangled with another limb before it crashed into the roof.

“I came over here to check on her because I know she has a sick family member she cares for,” Tracey Allen, who lives catty-corner from Spangler, said. “It’s a big mess to clean up but thankfully her home wasn’t damaged. Everyone is safe.”

The upper part of a tree from Allen’s yard was torn away from its base by the wind. Its remnants lying in the road and Spangler’s yard. Allen’s son, Jaden, said the storm seemed to come from out of nowhere.

“It was real calm and quiet,” he said. “Then the wind and the rain hit all of a sudden. My dad and I ran inside and got my mom and went down to the basement. The wind was crazy. The glass in our living room window was shaking and I thought for sure it was going to bust out. The whole house was shaking really.”

Pieces of the roof from nearby Grandview Building Supplies were found in Allen’s yard. Also along County Road 1 in Chesapeake the home of Helen Kates wasn’t as lucky as the Allen and Spangler residences. A large tree from her neighbor’s yard fell onto her house damaging the roof and the side of the home.