Storms Cause Damage Across Mid-South

(Collierville, TN) Don’t tell people on Collierville’s King Ridge Cove it was just straight line winds that moved over the Mid-South Sunday night.

“It was more just like twisting like the wind turning and things flying around,” said Dory Baldwin of Collierville.

The wind was strong of enough to topple a 100-year-old Oak Tree.

It narrowly missed two houses, but it did take out several fences and covered storage shed.

“So about 2:20 a.m., it sounded like the railroad was coming by and the house was shaking and the sound was just really pretty intense,” said Bob Greenwald.

He was asleep when it hit.

“A couple of the trees the tops went flying. It landed on the van and took the basketball court out.”

“It was a white oak tree. The wind uprooted it. It wasn’t diseased and it wasn’t rotten. It didn’t have any root problems. The wind just pushed against it and it fell over,” said James Butler of Butler Tree Service.

There are no reports of a tornado touching down in the area, just strong 60 mile per hour winds.

“I don’t think it was just strong winds, I think there was some kind of twist to it. It may not have been a tornado all the way, but it was definitely more than just straight line winds,” said Dory Baldwin.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Butler Tree Services is already helping neighbors clean up.

“You just have to have a good reputable tree company or contractor that is licensed insured. Protect yourself,” James Butler told us.

While neighbors think it was a tornado, again weather reports show no tornado was reported in the area.

WREG meteorologists say the combination of strong winds with moisture in the ground means huge trees could easily come down.

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