Storm destroys historic barn OEM reports no tornadoes sighted
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
A storm with strong winds destroyed a 200-year-old barn and several 200-year-old oak trees at the home of Karen and Jerry Beavers last Friday evening, Aug. 6. The Beavers family lives west of Loop 304 on CR 3385. Beavers said he heard the roof to his barn is about a mile up the road, but hasn’t been up there yet to confirm if it is his. The house and property once belonged to Beaver’s grand-parents. The Beavers are fascinated by the way the winds blew down the barn, but didn’t touch the carport between it and the house. The family was getting ready for a garage sale, and the carport covering glass items for the sale was untouched. “Not a piece of glassware was broken,” Mrs. Beavers said. The addition that Beavers is building onto the back of the house was mostly unharmed. One corner of the structure was damaged. The Beavers family is mourning the loss of the old trees and the barn, but thankful no one was hurt. As Beavers showed the uprooted trees, he pointed to the spot where he recently removed a trailer home previously occupied by his 90-year-old mother. One of the trees landed on that spot and Beavers expressed gratitude his mother was not still living there, and was safe. He also pointed to a trailer home across the way. Beavers said the resident was not home when a large log went through the window and onto the resident’s bed. “I just can’t believe my barn’s gone,” Beavers said. “I can’t believe these big old trees are down.” Across the road, a neighbor’s carport is a twisted mess. The Beavers family recently had their air conditioner repaired, and the repairman advised them to shut it off any time there is lightening. Therefore, after turning off the air conditioner, Beavers said, his wife opened a couple of windows for some air. As soon as she did, the rain started blowing straight inside. Grandson Jonathon, 12, said it was a scary experience. “You could feel the ground when the trees fell,” he said. David Lamb, Office of Emergency Management and Fire Marshal, reported the storm had strong straight-line winds that went up the Hwy. 19 area, but no tornadoes were sighted. Also Friday evening, heavy rain and wind was reported in the Kennard area. In the Halls’ Bluff area, strong winds whisked pine needles off the trees and had them shooting horizontally like spears on a battleground. On Page A-3, “The Week-ender” gives a vivid description of the storm’s effects in his part of the woods.