Boone's Creek neighborhood cleaning up after strong storms

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Boone's Creek neighborhood cleaning up after strong storms

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Storm damage in the Wiltshire Subdivision in Gray, TN Storm damage in the Wiltshire Subdivision in Gray, TN

Folks who live on Wiltshire Drive in the Boone’s Creek community surveyed the damage left behind after Sunday’s storms.

Almost every house on the street sustained some kind of damage. Many of the people who live on the street said they didn’t think the storms were that serious until they heard the winds pick up.

“I looked up in the trees and I just saw a lot of leaves like a funnel cloud.  I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” John Walton, a resident of Wiltshire Drive, told us.

“As fast as it came, it was over,” said Keith Malone, who also lives on Wiltshire Drive.

Walton, Malone, and their neighbors are still reeling from the severe weather that carved a path through their neighborhood.

“In a split second, the winds picked up from zero miles an hour to I don’t know how fast. You see the trees start to turn in circles and at that point we really took off running to the basement,” Malone said.

“I saw the whole camper just go in the air, it went in the air, went over a couple of trees and then landed right on the truck,” Walton told us.

Debris littered yards, proof of the destructive force of the storm.

Malone said he’s thankful it wasn’t worse, “We’ve got some structural damage that we’ve got to try to get taken care of, but you know, I still count my blessings. This is all fixable, life isn’t.”

Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff’s deputies told us no one was hurt in the storm that passed through this neighborhood. Even so, Malone said what happened Sunday evening taught his family an important lesson.

“Heed the warnings, we got the warnings on our phones, and we were just paying attention to what we thought was safe. Trust me, you need to listen to those warnings,” he said.

Walton agreed, “At first I was going to move my car, but next time, everyone should take it way more seriously.”

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies ask that people stay away from the hardest hit areas while homeowners and property owners try to clean up.

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