Thursday, August 11, 2011
Sudden storm downs limbs, lines
By SUE WATSON
Power was off in some parts of the central city Monday for about two and a quarter hours following a freakish thunderstorm that blew down heavy tree limbs.
The rear section of the former Miller Shoe Store building downtown lost a portion of its roof and the back wall was damaged, according to owner Chelius Carter.
A large tree behind the Fitch building, in the alley, split and broke over power and phone lines. A large limb in the corner of Ira and Lois Shipp’s front yard fell over power lines and into the street across from Becky Cupp’s yard at Chulahoma Avenue and South Center Street.
Harris Gholson’s State Farm office building at the corner of Van Dorn and Randolph was damaged by the falling of a large tree in the front yard. A limb on a tree in the corner of the front yard of the Marshall County Historical Museum property broke, falling over power lines crossing to the museum area from East College Avenue.
A tree was split in two behind the home of Greg and Lisa Shaw at the corner of East College and North Maury, with part of a limb falling across their back fence.
On East College, near the old Depot warehouse, a tree limb was down against a house and over power lines.
Down at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad crossing near East Boundary, lightning had apparently damaged a control box, according to workers there.
A transformer got hot and began to smoke near Tyson Drugs on South Market Street.
City utility workers replaced that transformer to restore electricity to several customers.
A second rain with associated thunder passed over Holly Springs about 4 p.m., and welcomed showers fell during the night throughout much of Marshall County.
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