Storms knock trees into mobile homes in Anderson County

Storms knock trees into mobile homes in Anderson County

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An 88-year-old woman barely missed being hit by a tree falling through the roof of her home. An 88-year-old woman barely missed being hit by a tree falling through the roof of her home.
By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

CLAXTON (WATE) - An 88-year-old woman barely missed being hit by a tree falling through the roof of her home. It happened Tuesday night in the Claxton community of Anderson County.

People in the Oak Ridge Mobile Home Park off Clinton Highway awoke to the sound of a chain saw Wednesday morning after a scary evening of strong storms.

"I don't know whether lightning hit it or the wind twisted it, because the wind was blowing real hard," said Willie Easterday, 88, the park manager.
"There was a big crack. I thought it had hit a transformer. But then all at once my ceiling fell in."

Easterday had just gotten up from her kitchen table when the tree came through right above it.

"It's kind of unnerving, but I'm okay," she said.

And she was able to dry off her photo albums, which were drenched when the water came in. Friends and family urged her to stay somewhere else last night, but she wouldn't budge.

"I'm not going to leave my home. The power's off, the tree ain't going nowhere," Easterday said.

A few homes away, another tree fell about the same time, sometime between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

"I was panicked. I was like, how am I going to get to my house?" said Patricia Theisen.

The big tree fell across the road and landed right on her home.

"How it didn't go through, I don't know," Theisen said.
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