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Storm leaves trail of damage in Gordon

Homes and cars are crushed by strong winds early this morning.
Fire Chief John Williams, Sr., with the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department, described the day's chain of events after straight line winds caused early morning damage.
Fire Chief John Williams, Sr., with the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department, described the day's chain of events after straight line winds caused early morning damage.
Deputy Director Leigh Adams discusses emergency crew clean up efforts after a storm ripped through Gordon.
Deputy Director Leigh Adams discusses emergency crew clean up efforts after a storm ripped through Gordon.
Gordan resident Estella McGriff's car alarm triggered her family to take a look outside after the storm, where they saw the damage to her SUV and storage house.
Gordan resident Estella McGriff's car alarm triggered her family to take a look outside after the storm, where they saw the damage to her SUV and storage house.
Several homes sustained damage after winds toppled trees during a storm in Gordon this morning.
Several homes sustained damage after winds toppled trees during a storm in Gordon this morning.

"It was raining, then it got real quiet, real still... and then boom.  All heck broke loose," said Gordon resident Robert Witt.

 

That was the sound of strong winds damaging homes, cars and power lines.

 

Trees came crashing down on roofs, and some woke up to even find their cars crushed.

 

"Just knowing, with the timing, that we could have been in the vehicle, it's overwhelming to think about that," Estella McGriff said, after a large tree smashed her SUV in half and landed on the roof of the outside storage house next to her home.

 

The storm brushed through Gordon around 3:30 in the morning, while most people were still asleep.

 

When emergency crews arrived, roads were blocked by limbs and other debris.

 

Then, at the break of dawn, out came the chainsaws.

 

Power crews also began working to repair downed lines.

 

"And so we responded to the call, and we went and checked in the area.  Multiple trees across the highway had to be cut," said John Williams, Sr., Gordon Volunteer Fire Department Chief.

 

People who have lived in the neighborhood for decades say this is the worst disaster they’ve seen in a while.  But everyone was willing to lend a helping hand during the clean-up effort.

 

"We've had the Mayor of Gordon, the Mayor of Ashford out, Commissioner Sinquefield's been out.  We've had a huge response from the community, neighbors helping neighbors,” Leigh Adams, Deputy Director of the Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Agency said.

 

Crews spent most of the day clearing roads of any remaining debris and getting the power back on. 

 

Authorities say no one was injured.  The National Weather Service confirmed there was no tornado, but the damage was caused by straight line winds.

 

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