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Damage in Gurley from 100 mile per hour straight line winds

100 mile per hour winds resulted in significant damage in one neighborhood in Gurley.

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 7:26 PM

After Thursday's severe storms, WAAY 31 went to Gurley to see the damage in a neighborhood hit by 100 mile per hour straight line winds.

To give you an idea of the damage, we got video of the damage with the WAAY 31's Sky Tracker from the 100 mile per hour straight line wind that ripped through a Madison County neighborhood on Thursday. That damage is in Gurley on Killingsworth Cove Road and those homes border Smith Lake.

More than a day after 100 mile per hour winds ripped through this neighborhood, people are still picking up debris left behind by the storm and surveying thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Around 12:15 Thursday afternoon, Paul Demoor told WAAY 31 he was in his home office when the wind picked up.

"I heard a bunch of noise and bunch of stuff banging on the roof and I was like, this is not an ordinary storm. This storm means business," Demoor told us.

Here's what it looked like when we drove down Killingsworth Cove Road Friday morning as crews worked to clean up debris from the homes effected. Fallen trees make it almost impossible to see Demoor's house from the road.

"I thought, well, I bet there is damage all over and I drove around and this was it. This is it right here," Demoor said.

You can see from WAAY 31's Sky Tracker the amount of damage in this neighborhood.

Demoor told us the damage and clean up is expected to cost him more than 10 thousand dollars to repair. "Considering all these big trees and the two big trees in the back, I'm lucky they fell away from the house because if they fell towards the house it would have been really bad."

As we were talking to people across the Tennessee valley Thursday, they told us they were shocked to hear a thunderstorm, or straight line winds could cause this kind of damage.

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