Chester picking up pieces from Sunday storm

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - For many people, Monday was a day of assessing the damage from Sunday's storms.

Imagine taking shelter in your bathroom, only to have a giant tree fall on your home and come through the bathroom ceiling. That's exactly what happened to one Chester woman last night.

"I knew a tree had come through," said Carolyn Kearns. "I mean you could see it and I was like 'oh you've got to be kidding me'."

Kearns thought she was in the safest place in her home, but this time it was actually the most dangerous.

"They always tell you to go to the smallest room in the house or the basement," she said.  "Well the smallest room in my house is the bathroom. Well, that's exactly where the tree fell."

Now she's not allowed back inside her home and had to move into a local hotel with her dog Cyrus.

There are fallen tree limbs all over Cherry Street. A neighbor's shed was destroyed when a large tree was ripped out by its roots.

Kearns says she knew it was supposed to storm, but she didn't realize what Mother Nature had in store.

"It took me very by surprise," she said. "That's how fast it was. I mean I knew it was going to rain and you could see it was cloudy but I had no idea it was coming that fast. I think it took everybody by surprise."

And believe it or not, this isn't the first time her home has been taken out by a tree.

"This has been two trees, in two roofs, in 5 years," Kearns said. "I don't want anymore trees thank you. I think I'm going to have them all cut down."

A block over Ron Kimberlin has already cleaned up most of what the storm left behind, but the storm did some unsolicited redecorating in his backyard.

"I heard a bang," he said. "(I) wasn't sure what it was and my neighbor called and said 'your trampoline is in front of the garage.'"

His trampoline flew thirty feet before coming to a rest. Kimberlin says even though the storm was quick, it created some tense moments.

"It was almost like a swirl coming around the side of the house," he said. "I didn't hear any tornado warnings and the winds might not have been that high but it was definitely scary."

Fortunately we have not heard of anyone getting hurt during this storm.

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