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Strong winds cause damage across the Mid-South

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Neighbor Phil Yelvington said he looked outside to see everything flying: patio furniture and an outdoor refrigerator. Neighbor Phil Yelvington said he looked outside to see everything flying: patio furniture and an outdoor refrigerator.
On Chatwood Street in the Grahamwood area near East Memphis a tree fell onto the house and cars in the driveway. On Chatwood Street in the Grahamwood area near East Memphis a tree fell onto the house and cars in the driveway.

(WMC) - Families in Memphis and Shelby County are left to clean up damage left behind by the severe storms that swept through the Mid-South on Monday morning.

Freda Timbs was just starting her day in Rosemark near Mudville and Brunswick roads.

"The thunder just kept getting bigger and bigger, and then all of a sudden we realized this is not just thunder, this is a tornado or something," she said.

High winds ripped through her backyard and knocked down trees. Her back window was blown out, sending shattered glass throughout the house.

Neighbor Phil Yelvington said he looked outside to see everything flying: patio furniture and an outdoor refrigerator.

"The sound that they say it makes, is what I heard, and I have a good respect for it now. I can understand how people die in these things, because it just comes down on you so quick," said Yelvington.

Those who live in the area say the storm lasted just a matter of seconds.

"There was no time to go to a storm shelter. It happened too fast," said Timbs.

On Chatwood Street in the Grahamwood area near East Memphis, a tree fell onto the house and cars in the driveway. It crushed two mini-vans. No one got hurt, but the house is badly damaged.

Arborist Chris Chalker suggests having a professional inspect your trees, especially the older ones, for proper weight distribution issues, health problems, root damage, or any other factors that may make it more susceptible to high winds and heavy rain. Many tress can be corrected before it's too late.

"Anytime that a tree needs attention it should be given attention, just like people. We need care to keep us healthy, and trees need the same thing," said Chalker. "The guy himself here [at the home], he said he thought the whole house was coming down around his ears, and that's a fearful thing. Thank God nothing went through and actually killed anybody or hurt anybody."

Winds took out Jim Hutto's back fence in Cordova, as well as a 62-year-old swing set that once made the move from Atlanta.

"Been here about 18 years and as you can see we have lots of trees. This is the first time we've lost some big ones like this," he said. "My wife, it [the swing set] was made for her when she was two years old in the swing. We have a picture of my daughter when she was two years old on the swing and my granddaughter. So that's the sentimental part that we'll miss."

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