100 mph straight line winds caused damage in Gurley

A swath of trees 300 yards wide was snapped almost entirely in the same direction.

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 10:02 AM

Crews are working to clean up downed trees across Boulder Trail, Southard Road, and Killingsworth Cove Road in Gurley.

William Beardsley owns two homes on Killingsworth Cove Road near Smith Lake.

He told WAAY 31 he, his wife, and their tenant next door didn't stay in those lakefront homes last night because the power was out.

When they came back this morning, Beardsley said the power was back on but the damage was worse than they initially thought.

In the daylight he said they saw trees down, limbs in the lake, and even a trampoline and swimming pool stuck in a tree.

However, even with all of this damage, Beardsley isn't worried. He said he's ready for things to get back to normal.

"Get it cleaned up and get it fixed and get back out here. This is where we used to stay on the weekends, and now we've kind of made it our permanent home. You can see how beautiful it is. That's what we want to try to do. Just get it cleaned up and get everything going again," Beardsley said.

Beardsley added he was pleased with how quickly Huntsville Utilities was able to get the power back on.

Crews worked throughout the night to restore power to the area.

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