• NWS: Microburst caused widespread Cherryville damage

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    CHERRYVILLE, N.C. - People in Cherryville are cleaning up the damage after a powerful storm Thursday.

    Danny Seate found a giant tree toppled over onto his home splitting it into two. He recently moved out of the home and was trying to sell it to his daughter. He’s grateful she wasn’t there with her kids.

    “I’m just grateful they hadn’t moved in,” Seate said. “If something had happened to the kids, it would have killed me.”

    His neighbor’s father was injured because of falling branches but is expected to be OK.

    The neighbor is working with his insurance.

    Seate didn’t have any.

    “I just couldn’t afford the cost -- living on disability,” Seate said. “I got full kidney failure so I just cut that cost.”

    Seate isn’t the only person picking up the pieces.

    There was significant damage at a nearby car wash.

    “It’s destroyed the car wash,” Wayne Russ said. “There’s nothing there. There’s nothing left. It’s just twisted. It tore the bricks from the stall. So it’s gone. It’s destroyed.”

    The National Weather Service said Friday morning that the storm looked to be a microburst, not a tornado.

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