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Storm Damage

A huge tree in the small town of Etowah in Henderson county that took a direct hit by lightning Wednesday evening. Shards of wood looked more like huge toothpicks after the single bolt hit.

"I was running," said Karen Stanczak, a neighbor who had come out across the street to get her mail at the end of her driveway. "Believe me. I was surprised I even opened that door, because I ran inside as fast as I could."

Stanczak clearly recalled the weather conditions right before the strike.

"You could see where it was starting to cloud up a little bit but the sun was shining when that electricity hit."

The heat from the lightning strike appeared to have peeled back and skinned the tree of its bark. Power went out for neighbors with power lines underground utility crews were at the scene to do repairs.

In Rutherford County Matt Arrowhead got a call from his neighbor and learned what happened in his front yard on Brooklyn Avenue.

"We had been out to eat supper and the neighbor called to say our tree fell on his property," said Arrowhead who lives in Sandy Mush.

Arrowhead said the 100-year-old pecan tree had been leaning over in the past several days after heavy rains has saturated its base and the soil. The tree fell Wednesday at around 5:40pm.  The aluminum sided buildings were crushed Arrowhead. They belonged to the neighbor.

"I got buddies over we're going to get this thing sawed off maybe people can go back to getting by and down the road," said Arrowhead.

"We'll miss our beautiful pecan tree. We got lot of good pecans from it every year. We are ready for the rain to be over."

by Kimberly King
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