Storm Destroys Property in Southern Clinton County

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

CLINTON COUNTY (WILX)-- On Tuesday night a storm did some significant damage to the southern part of Clinton County.

We showed you one of the hardest hit areas Wednesday morning, the MPC Cashway Lumber Yard (find the link to the story at the bottom). But what you didn't see was the damage to the homes nearby.

Not even a mile away from MPC, on Ingersoll Road, there were multiple properties that had suffered major damage due to the high winds.

Living on Ingersoll Road, Renida Taylor and her family ended up spending most of Wednesday cleaning up what the storm left behind.

"My solar cover was in the pool, I'm missing siding, I have fencing down, and I have four trees snapped in half," said Taylor.

She actually faired better than her neighbor Charline Clark, who's barn was completely ripped to shreds.

"The roof was ripped off and the siding was ripped off. I was picking up 2X4's across the yard today. Not only that but our car was hit, the gazebo was smashed, and a couple of our big trees were knocked down. Thank the lord our house didn't have any damage," said Clark.

No one in the area was hurt in the storm. Taylor and Clark described what happened as quick and powerful.

"It happened within seconds. You don't have time to get to the shelter because you are still in amazement what was happening. I didn't even hear the roof rip off because the rain was so loud," said Clark.

"It just was dark and the wind was moving so fast it was just a blur. You could see the trees were bent horizontal," said Taylor.

It's been confirmed that the damage was caused by straight-line winds and not a tornado. But not everyone is as convinced.

"If it wasn't a tornado than it was awful close to one," said Taylor.

According to Clinton County Emergency Manager the straight-line winds started right around Ingersoll Road and continued through MPC Cashway Lumber. Luckily the airport nearby suffered little damage, and it was mainly in a rural area.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light was also in the area Wednesday. They were fixing many of the power lines damaged by the straight-line winds.

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