MONROE, N.C. (WNCN) – A community in Union county is cleaning up and helping one another after an apparent tornado touched down just south of Monroe.
Thankfully there were no reports of any physical injuries, but some people won’t be able to shake what they saw from their minds for some time. Photos don’t accurately capture what Tommy Guion said he experienced.
“We were right there whenever it all happened,” Guion said while pointing to the woods underneath a funnel cloud in a picture a viewer sent to WBTV of what appears to be a funnel cloud. He said he was shooting with his dad.
“I took my eye down, I shot, I looked up – it was black. We looked through the field and all we can see is pieces of tin flying through the air,” Guion said.
He said when the tornado touched down just after 5 p.m., the daylight disappeared.
“It was cloudy. It looked like it was going to rain and then it was dark like this,” Guion points to the night sky.
Deputies and the fire marshal went to Sandy Ridge Road and documented the damage to the area.
“A lot of people around here…this is all they got, taken away in a blink of an eye,” Guion said.
On his street there was a tractor shed with no roof, trees blown over and a camper tipped over.
“By the time I got through probably 300 feet of woods and up the hill, it was on top of us. Swimming pool came at me,” Guion said. “I made sure my dad was out of the way. Swimming pool came at me, I ran away from it. That was it.”
It also went through Jugg Broome Road and took Peggy Davis’ three out buildings.
“It come through this way as fast as I ever seen anything do so much damage so quick,” Davis said.
Davis said she was reading her daily devotional inside when she saw it destroy a massive hundred-year-old tree and her other property.
“I feel all right now, I’m still alive,” Davis said. She says nothing is more important than your life.
“If you got your health you got a lot to be thankful for,” Davis said.
By Monday night, insurance adjusters had been called and roads had been cleared. It was a scary day, but it didn’t stop people from helping one another.
“We got there before most of the first responders did. We’re there to help. That’s community,” Guion said.