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Posted: 3:35 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013
By Ken Lemon
CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. —
A powerful storm blew over a huge canopy in Cleveland County designed to shelter drivers pumping gas at the RoCo Store. Emergency officials said the damage is from the third isolated and intense storm to hit the county this year. Surveillance cameras at the store on South Post Road captured the storm raging Wednesday night. Cameras bounced in the wind as the rain caused a white-out on Highway 74. Cameras caught the moment the canopy fell on a delivery truck. "It's the worst I ever seen it around here," said neighbor Dean Hawkins. Hawkins got caught driving in the storm. "Rain was blowing like you ain't never seen it blow," Hawkins said. The wind brought a tree down on his neighbor's house. All of the damage was isolated to the small area near the intersection of South Post Road and Earl Road. The storm was similar to one that hit Cleveland County last week. "I guess it was our turn," said storm victim Richard Pugh. Pugh said his world was turned sideways in seconds when a tree fell on his house. He was standing in a corner of the home when the wind blew a shed over his back fence. "Went to the back yard to look at it and the tree fell down," said Pugh. Fire Marshall Dewey Cook said the weather has been usually strange this year and there are no signs of change. "It has been very unusual this year," said Cook. Cook said the super cell-type storms are a nuisance and they have fortunately been small. "If you happened to live in that area where it occurred, it would be very serious," Cook said. Cook said the storms have been random. He said the best chance of preparing for them is to have a weather radio, but he said he was listening to one and was still caught off guard.
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