Gusty winds knock over trees, power lines in McDowell

A tree collapsed on this home on West Cross Street after strong winds reported Sunday afternoon.


Gusty winds over the weekend in McDowell resulted in downed power lines and trees collapsing on a camper and a home, according to reports.

Just after noon on Sunday, McDowell emergency units were kept busy responding to at least 37 storm-related calls due to gusty winds throughout the area. Most of these calls were in response to downed power lines and trees falling in the roadway, according to Emergency Services Director William Kehler.

Of these calls, there were two reports of trees falling on top of structures.

During the first call, units responded to Lake James Landing after receiving reports that a tree fell on top of a camper. In the second call, reported at 2:58 p.m., units responded to the intersection of West Cross Street and Tate Street after a tree landed on top of a home, resulting in significant damage. In the West Cross Street response, McDowell EMS Community Paramedic and the American Red Cross assisted the homeowner with temporary housing assistance.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

At approximately 7:38 p.m. that evening, units responded to U.S. 221 North near Linville Caverns after a large tree fell in the roadway and blocked both lanes of travel; traffic was blocked for over three hours as a result.

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