Strong storm whips through area toppling trees, damaging homes

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:

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IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. —

Strong storm ripped through the area late Friday afternoon that caused several homes to be damaged from fallen trees.

Chopper 9 scouted Rowan and Iredell counties for the worst damage including a large tree on a house in Statesville and damage on Lilly Avenue in Salisbury. An elderly woman was in the home when a tree came crashing down.

She wasn’t hurt, but she said there is significant damage. Her neighbor had three trees fall in her front yard.

CHOPPER 9: Scenes of storm damage 

Channel 9 saw more damage in a neighborhood in Statesville where many people there took cover during the storm.

“The trees were just swaying back and forth and I thought man this just don’t look good,” Michael Tucker said.

IMAGES: Storm damage in surrounding areas

The wind took many trees down, including one that rested on a home on Robinhood Loop where the roof is partially caved in.

Multiple trees also hit the ground on a nearby Little John Road including a 30-year-old oak. That tree, once in Gary Alexander’s yard, is now resting in his neighbor’s yard.

Alexander isn’t sure if his homeowner’s insurance will cover it. 

Many people in the neighborhood are checking their plans, and making plans for a long clean up.