High winds and heavy rain cause damage

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Severe weather ripped through our area Tuesday morning. A few places east of town were even under a tornado warning from about 5 to 5:30, and though we didn't see a tornado, high winds and rain left lots of damage behind.

The real danger rolled out of the area by 7, but Mother Nature wreaked some havoc in a short period of time.

"All of a sudden I heard a bam, bam. At first I thought it was thunder and then when the house shook a little bit, I thought, that's bad," said Neal Morris, who lives in Chester.

A rude awakening for Neal Morris and his family as two trees slammed through the roof of his home on Erlene Drive in Chester about 4:30 Tuesday morning.

"I ran upstairs and all of a sudden everything was just pink, the tree went through the roof and through the kitchen and living room. Everything is just covered in insulation; all the rafters are pointed down; everything is gone; it's just everything is ruined," Morris said.

A total mess left behind, but the Morris family knows they could have lost more than just their stuff. Neal's bedroom was just below the rooms that bore the brunt of the damage.

"The window underneath is where I sleep and now that's full of water, but everybody made it out safe and we are all doing okay," he said.

And Chester wasn't the only place that got hit this morning. At the height of the storm, more than 10,000 homes in our region were without power. Dominion crews worked to repair downed power lines on Walsmley Boulevard in Richmond. Our traffic team also reported a number of trees down east of town in Varina, and our meteorologists were monitoring the wind on Arby's Weathernet. At one points parts of our area were under a tornado warning.  Kevin Jeanes was not surprised by what happened this morning in Chester.

"The gust this morning that happened around 4:30 was about 62 mph wind. That is exactly the reason why there was a lot of damage and a lot of trees down this morning," said Jeanes.

The Morris's are staying with family and spent a good chunk of the day talking to their insurance company. This damage could actually serve a good reminder for you to check your coverage to make sure you have what you need in the event mother nature strikes you.

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