Sunday storms leave damage in Polk County


POLK COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – Sunday’s storms did not spare communities in Western North Carolina. 

“It rained all day here,” said Brittany McKelvey. “Around 10 o’clock is when it got bad.” 

Mckelvey says that’s when the winds picked up knocking down trees onto and close by her home off Green River Cove Road. 

She say they thought it was just strong winds there in the Mill Spring area of Polk County until she came outside and saw the damage. 

Storms left a path of trees snapped in half across the river from her home. 

“I was scared to death because my three little ones had been sleeping in that house,” said McKelvey.

Monday crews worked to restore power in what emergency management officials say was the hardest hit area of Polk County. 

There were talks of a funnel cloud being spotted but officials said the National Weather Service will not be heading there for an evaluation. 

“They said there could be a possible microburst but it’s more than likely straight line winds in that area,” said Bobby Arledge, Polk County Emergency Management Director and Fire Marshal. “A lot of trees down across the county, a lot of power lines down.”

He said there were two structures on Green River Cove Road with trees on them.

Over in the Silver Creek Community, on Hawkins Lane, Arledge said a tree crushed part of a home there too. 

“We’d been watching the news all last week. All the fire departments had put extra staffing at their stations,” Arledge said. “Everybody was kinda ready for it.”

One unusual sight was the Columbus Fire Department’s birds eye view of a boat perched on the edge of a dam near Highway 9. 

“The boat evidently came loose sometime during that second round of storms around 9 o’clock, came off Lake adger, all the way down to the turner shoals dam,” said Arledge.  

That part of the storm cleanup is delayed while the rest of the community counts their blessings. 
“Amazed that we’re all safe, thankful,” said McKelvey. 

On Tuesday, Arledge said said they’ll work on getting that boat removed from the dam because conditions Monday, like higher lake levels, didn’t make that possible. 

He said there is no danger to the dam. 

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