Wednesday’s storm leaves trail of destruction in Person Co.

Person County damage from Wednesday's storms.

ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Wednesday night’s severe storms left their mark on Person County, as trees and power lines continue to litter the yards and streets of areas around Roxboro.

One large oak tree even came crashing through a home and those homeowners spoke to us about their terrifying experience.

Damage in Person County from storms
PHOTOS: Click for photos of damage in Person County

“I grabbed my two boys and I told them let’s get in the bathroom and we got in the bathroom,” said Rosie Clayton.

“It got real black and windy,” Terry Clayton said, “and I came in the house and told them to get in the bathroom or whatever because it was coming.”

The Clayton’s home suffered extensive damage after a large oak tree smashed into their living room Wednesday night. Rosie, Terry and their two boys were home, but luckily, no one was injured.

The cleanup will continue over the next several days but the Claytons will have to wait until Monday to find out if their home can be repaired.

“As of right now, we’re not sure,” Rosie Clayton said. “ The house, they’ve told us is not livable in because water has drenched the floors and the furniture and everything else and there is really only two rooms you can really go in right now.”

For now, Claytons are staying with a relative and are hoping their home can be saved.
Damage to these homes and others in the area were caused by what’s known as a wet microburst – an area of rapidly moving downward air out of a thunderstorm. It can cause damage similar to an EF 0 or EF 1 tornado.

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