Several trees blocked streets and pulled down power lines in Roanoke following a thunderstorm Thursday afternoon. Trees landed on vehicles, including the truck parked at the home of R.C. and Doris Bolt on Mitchell Street and a van being driven down Government Street by Kim Ragle. A tree also blocked 1st Street Northeast in Wedowee.
A large part of a water oak tree landed on the carport belonging to R.C. and Doris Bolt on Mitchell Street in Roanoke, damaging their truck with camper, and also a patio roof (not shown).
Kim Ragle of Roanoke considers herself lucky to have been unhurt when this tree landed on her van while she was driving on Government Street in Roanoke during Thursday afternoon's storm.
Falling tree This giant pecan tree fell on Willow Lane during Thursday's storm causing part of Stewart Street and Willow Lane to be blocked. The falling tree causing the pole across the street to break into three pieces, and pulled down a pole on the same side as Joy Harris' home whose front faces Stewart. Nuisance officer Bill Ford said it took out electricity, cable and telephone lines. The Power Company had to disconnect the power before the tree could be cut up and removed. The company's contractor came in and removed the tree, then the poles had to be replaced. He believes as many as 15 streets were blocked with trees down and power lines. Everybody pitched in to get the trees out of the road once Alabama Power disconnected power. He had few details about a tree falling on an occupied car on Government Street that first came in as an entrapment. Wrapped around the tree were power lines where the passengers could not exit the vehicle, he said.