By MONA NAIR6 News Reporter
SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – Torrential rain, lightning, and high winds caused damage to homes and trees Thursday near the Cocke-Sevier county line.
Among the worst hit locations was a home on Henry Town Road where high winds ripped the roof off a house, allowing water to pour in.
The residents say they think the storm that hit them was a tornado. Pat Barnes says she took cover in the basement with her 92-year-old mother.
"We could hear the damage. We heard the roar and then we heard the roof caving in," Barnes said.
Many people in the area spent the evening cleaning up the mess. Matthew Pittser was one of several helpful citizens who spent the evening with a chainsaw helping clear blocked off roads.
"The winds were 75 mph through here. There was a funnel cloud," he said.
The winds also brought down power lines that crews worked to fix. The heavy rain caused flooding in the region.
While there were no reports of any injuries, many like Barnes say they are shaken up by the experience.
"I was pretty scared to death. I was praying that we would make it through," Barnes said.
Barnes says she and her husband will be staying with their children in the area while their home is repaired. The damage is expected to be covered by insurance.