Tornado? Downburst? Hailstorm!Jun 16th, 2011 | By Jacob | Category: Front Page
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
It’s unknown at this time if it was a downburst or a tornado that was responsible for knocking down trees and damaging property in the northeastern sector of the county on Wednesday evening. It is known that there was a lot of hail. Some have even estimated up to five inches of the icy pellets.
“I don’t know how many inches there was,” said Jeanine Albritton, “but my whole yard looked like snow.”
Jeanine said that right before the hailstorm hit, it had been very quiet. Then the hail began pelting everything.
“The wind was so forceful,” she said. “It was blowing the hail around and it was hitting my house like little pellets.”
A number of trees were reported down at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, as well as trees down around Cactus Street. Corn had also been blown over on Cactus. A trampoline had been blown away and wrapped around a tree on property near Joe D. Agner’s property in the area.
Doug Finney, a volunteer with the Pinetta Volunteer Fire Department, had cut trees to clear people out in the Hickory Grove area. He said that Mike Littleton had measured five inches of hail at the back of his patio.
Littleton could not be reached by phone at press time.
Finney said that there had been no severe weather warning and that he’d had no bad weather at his home in Madison.
Terry Barrs, from Tri-County Electric, and his crew had worked to restore power to folks in the area affected by the storm.
Finney said that at the time volunteers with Pinetta had left that they had been able to clear the property of everyone that dispatch knew about.