Storm brings down tree on Love Lane

By Jessi Stone Assistant editor | Apr 29, 2014
Photo by: Jessi Stone Richard Sheets examines the tree that fell onto his neighbor's property Tuesday morning due to the high winds.

The worst of the storm seemed to be over by Tuesday morning, but the wind was still fierce enough to bring down a huge oak tree on Love Lane around 9:30 a.m.

The tree fell right in front of 265 Love Lane, just inches from hitting the roof. While there may be slight damage from the branches, the roof would have been demolished had the tree fallen slightly more to the left.

Next-door neighbor Richard Sheets said all he heard was a loud "boom" before coming outside to see the tree's foundation was completely uprooted. The tree sits just between the two properties, and Sheets said he isn't even sure if it belongs to him or the property where it fell.

Realtor Phil Ferguson was out surveying the damage and alerted the owners who live in Kentucky. He said the house has been empty and on and off the market for about six years.

According to the National Weather Service, Haywood County was under severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings until 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Haywood is currently under a flash flood watch until midnight May 1. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue until Wednesday night.