National Weather Service: Cumberland County damage caused by straight line winds

April 16, 2014 2:52:31 PM PDT
A storm Tuesday morning in Cumberland County left behind a trail of damage, but it was not a tornado.

Witnesses described what they called a funnel cloud off Royal Williams Road in Wade around 7:30 a.m.

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Surveyors from the National Weather Service have determined straight line winds, not a tornado, caused damage Tuesday morning in parts of Cumberland County.

The winds were estimated at 60 to 70 miles an hour.

Residents in Wade told ABC11 that they thought they saw a funnel cloud in the area.

Seconds later, they said the storm blew in two windows, a tree limb crashed on to a family's SUV, and there was damage to a home and metal shelter.

Cleveland Overbee told ABC11 Tuesday that he was very sure that a twister tore through his yard.

"Yeah, the way I seen everything swirling around," said Overbee. "Winds coming in one direction, then all of a sudden, it seemed like it stopped, and I see tree limbs start to blow in the other direction, then I seen that pine tree snap."

Overbee said his home was pummeled by debris.

The storm blew in two windows, one of them in Alycia Overbee's bedroom. She cut her hand picking up broken glass.

"All I heard is heavy wind and rain, and like five seconds later, my window got busted in and I heard him (her grandfather) yelling, 'It's a tornado,'" said Alycia, who said it was all over in a matter of seconds.

Overbee said neighbors on both sides of him had minor damage, and lost a few pieces of siding and shingles.

Fortunately, no one was injured.


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