Knoxville car dealerships damaged by high winds

Knoxville car dealerships damaged by high winds

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The Nissan dealership had heavy damage, where a light pole fell on cars. The Nissan dealership had heavy damage, where a light pole fell on cars.
About 30-40 cars were damaged by flying debris. About 30-40 cars were damaged by flying debris.
Ceiling panels and other debris were all over the inside of Nissan 640 after a portion of the roof was torn off. Ceiling panels and other debris were all over the inside of Nissan 640 after a portion of the roof was torn off.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Crews are cleaning up at two North Knoxville car dealerships after high winds damaged cars and buildings Sunday night.

Clayton Used Cars, 4601 Clinton Hwy., and 640 Nissan, 4515 Clinton Hwy., were severely damaged by the storm that quickly blew through the area.

The Nissan dealership had heavy damage, where a light pole fell on cars. The sign in front of the car lot was damaged, and the roof over their conference room was blown off.

"Vehicle damage wise I probably say the majority of our front lot, 40 to 50 units," said 640 Nissan General Sales Manager Josh Elswyck. "We probably have three totaled cars."

Portions of the roof from Clayton Used Cars were blown into the parking lot of 640 Nissan.

"It was very powerful to be able to take off a whole roof like that," said Clayton Used Cars manager Robert Council. "It took part of the block, part of the cinder blocks. They are in the middle of the lot out here."

"It was pretty wild when I pulled in," said 640 Nissan sales consultant Doyle Noe, "Just seeing all the damage really blew my mind."

The National Weather Service says additional data will be studied to determine the nature of the storm that hit Sunday night, but initial information shows the area was hit by straight line winds.

Straight line winds can often cause as much damage as a weak tornado. A trained weather service surveyor can study how the debris fell to determine the type of storm.

Clayton Used Cars were able to stay open, while 640 Nissan had to close for the day. Elswyck says he is not sure when they will be able to reopen, but hope to do so in the next couple of days.

"It's been rough, but it's a road we are willing to take," said Elswyck. "We are going to rebuild and kind of go from here, and hope to have some big discounts on some cars."
  

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