Hurricane-force winds cause damage in Greene County

Hurricane force winds cause damage in Greene County

The winds knocked down several trees and damaged homes. The winds knocked down several trees and damaged homes.

6 News Reporter

CAMP CREEK (WATE) - Several areas of East Tennessee were hit by strong winds late Monday and into Tuesday.

One of those areas was the Camp Creek community in Greene County, where wind gusts reached 80 miles-per-hour overnight. That's the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The winds knocked down several trees and damaged homes.

The Camp Creek community is the same place where seven people were killed when a tornado hit the area in April.

Much of the wind damage Tuesday was near Rambo Road. Greene County Sheriff Department officials say they received six reports of downed trees.

People who live there say they heard the winds pick up in the middle of the night.

"I heard the wind," said Camp Creek resident Daniel Moore. "It was real loud. It was blowing against the house, stuff banging outside. It woke me up. I was afraid it was another tornado."

One home nearby, which had already been damaged by the April tornado, lost more of shingles and bricks from the chimney were knocked to the ground.

Across the street from that home, the Jennings family was awakened by the wind.   

"Some things you had out in your yard, you know, they are not there anymore," said Bobby Jennings. "The south wind actually blew them away."

Jennings says a refrigerator parked in his driveway was blown over by the wind.
People who live in Camp Creek say strong winds are not new, but think after the tornado they are now worse.

"Now you have no large trees or anything to block [the wind]," said Jennings. "We've lost some protection, far as the wind goes. It's made it more extreme."

Before the tornado, Jennings' home was surrounded by a line of large trees. Most of those trees were destroyed during the tornado.
"It makes it a little more jittery and makes it harder to sleep, I guess," said Jennings, "harder to deal with it."

This was, in fact, the third time the Camp Creek community has been hit by high winds this year. In March, just weeks before the tornado struck, a large portion of the roof at Camp Creek Elementary School was blown off.

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