Hurricane Ike causes major wind damage in Northwest Tennessee

TIPTONVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Residents of Northwest Tennessee likely experienced wind gusts as high as 50 miles an hour as the remnants of Ike moved out of the area over the weekend.

Monday, the streets of Tiptonville were lined with branches and limbs left behind from Sunday morning's high winds.

Residents like Charles Wallace spent the day cleaning up the mess.

"Not too much to think about it. It's just a mess," he said.

Wallace was inside his house when his giant pecan tree came crashing down on top of it.

"I knew we was having a storm," he said. "I just heard a lot of rumbling and I knew a tree had fallen and I figured it was that one."

At Margaret Newton Elementary, wind ripped the roof off two classrooms.  Students received a long weekend because of county-wide power outages.

Meanwhile, a pile of debris sat in front of Talley's Café, after Sunday's winds ripped the front off the downtown landmark.

"I got up and went to my backdoor and saw the wind blowing pretty good. I didn't know what was happening and they came by and let me know my place and blown down," business owner Ernest Talley said.

Sustained winds were also a problem in Ridgely, where the brand new awning blew off of the town's senior center.  The awning flew over the building and landed several hundred feet away in a park.

"I was very disappointed," center director Connie Hopper said. "It's our's the sign. We had somebody come in this morning and say, 'I wasn't sure I was at the right building or not.'"
And as the cleanup continues, residents in this area hope they never see winds like that again.

Officials said late Monday afternoon less than 200 people in Lake County were still without power, and expected schools to be back open on Tuesday.

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