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Strong winds cause damage in Southeast Memphis

Saturday's strong winds caused problems throughout Southeast Memphis, downing trees and power lines and destroying property.

Memphis Police shut down Shelby Drive between Airways and Swinnea.

A tree hit a power line on Shelby Drive, putting live wires on the streets and leaving many residents of Southeast Memphis in the dark. Dark streets coupled with twisted and cracked road signs made for risky travel.

Saturday brought back bad memories for residents of an area hit hard just over three months ago.

"February 5th...hit the back of the house. Limb fell off on tree back there, broke the roof," said Naomi Green outside her home on Allrand Street.

Green's home was hit again Saturday, when heavy winds toppled a very large tree.

"Sounded like the roof was going off the house, roaring, for about five minutes, I was just frightened to death," Green said.

Fortunately, Green knew to take shelter in her hallway right before the storm hit.

"Turned the TV on in the bedroom, watching Channel 5, Dave Brown telling all about the weather. Just got it out of his mouth that it was going to hit Capelville at 8:46 and about that time -- lightning, thunder, cracking bad, and the tree fell!," said Green. "Praise God that I'm here."

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