Storms swept through Wise County Sunday around 5:30 p.m., leaving behind a widespread trail of damage. Although four families in Runaway Bay were displaced, no one was injured.
Microburst winds in excess of 65 miles per hour blew off the roof of an eight-unit condominium on Runaway Bay Drive. The damaged units were deemed uninhabitable, and the Red Cross was dispatched to help the four families displaced.
“There were no injuries, which is a good thing in all of this,” said Runaway Bay’s interim police chief, Rex Richie.
Down the road, the roof of the Harbor Inn was blown into an adjacent parking lot. The damaged units were uninhabited.
There was also damage to the marina and a gas station on the north side of U.S. 380 and downed power lines.
Winds ripped a 120×30 foot roof off its stone hinges on a vacant building, owned by Brandi Davis, on Halsell Street in downtown Bridgeport. The metal covering flew about 75 yards across the street onto the top of The Hope Chest and Select Screenings.
According to Davis, a fire truck and crane were used to extract the roof of her building from its landing spot.
“We’ll take it apart and take it to the scrap yard,” she said. “The roof was bolted to the stone. It had to have been some strong wind gusts to pull the stone out like that.”
Readers reported “travel trailers toppled like dominoes, barns torn down and huge trees uprooted” along Farm Road 51 north of Decatur.
Scanner reports also indicated five businesses and one residence along Farm Road 718 in Newark were also damaged.
Cloud to ground lightning sparked several grass fires across the county including a three-acre blaze on County Road 3547 in Cottondale. Decatur and East Wise firefighters extinguished a one-acre fire on Long Branch Drive in the Heritage Creek Subdivision off of Farm Road 2264.
Downed power lines and fallen tree limbs caused widespread power outages across the county as well.