Winds take down trees around county
by JAMES PHILLIPS
Jun 13, 2012 | 2145 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eva McGough stands in front of two large oak trees that were brought down on her house when thunderstorms crossed her Nauvoo property Monday night. - Photo by: James Phillips.
Eva McGough stands in front of two large oak trees that were brought down on her house when thunderstorms crossed her Nauvoo property Monday night. - Photo by: James Phillips.
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NAUVOO — An elderly Nauvoo woman is happy to be alive after a thunderstorm with high winds forced two massive trees onto her home Monday night.

Eighty-year-old Eva McGough said she was sitting in her living room when two 100-year-old oak trees fell on her house, which is located on Nix Road.

“I heard a loud blast,” she said. “I got up to see what happened and saw my front porch was up against my house.”

After seeing the damage to the front of her home, McGough said she looked out a window and saw debris swirling in her yard.

“I am just thanking the Good Lord that I’m still alive,” she said.

Carolyn Dutcher, McGough’s daughter, lives next door to her mother, and said she was concerned for her mother’s safety when she saw the two trees on the home.

“You couldn’t see anything but those trees,” she said. “I kept calling her. When I finally got her on the phone, it was still storming so I told her to take cover in the bathroom.”

Despite the National Weather Service in Birmingham reporting no tornadoes associated with Monday’s storms in Alabama, Dutcher said she believes it was a twister that hit her mother’s home.

“We were listening to the weather radio, and they never said anything about a tornado,” she said. “It just hit all of a sudden. Several of our neighbors said they saw the tornado in mom’s yard.”

Scott Unger, a meteorologist with the NWS in Birmingham, said the weather event was a line of thunderstorms with high straight-line winds.

He said what many people think are funnel clouds or tornadoes are actually scud clouds.

“They look very similar,” Unger said. “Straight-line winds can even cause trees to be twisted. From what we’ve seen, we don’t think any tornadoes struck Monday.”

Unger said NWS meteorologist have even studied video of a possible funnel cloud in Addison, which he said is inconclusive.

“Half the people in town think it was a tornado, and half think it wasn’t,” he said. “We can’t really tell from the video, but I would say it is doubtful.”

Johnny Burnette, director of the Walker County Emergency Management Agency, said trees were also reported on homes in the Yerkwood and Quinton communities near Dora. Burnette said trees were down throughout the county.

“Trees being down was our biggest issue,” he said.

Tree clearing crews were already at McGough’s house Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a big mess right now,” McGough said. “I’m hoping they can get it all cleared off.”