Storm Aftermath Poses Continued Safety Concerns in Forsyth

6:50 PM, Jun 14, 2013   |    comments
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Forsyth Co., NC - The massive storm that ripped through the Triad Thursday left a large majority of its devastating wake in Forsyth County.  One neighborhood on Nylon Dr. in Winston-Salem sustained significant damage from the storm, which was powerful enough to uproot many of the street's trees and seize electricity from its homeowners.

The storm's damaging aftermath on Nylon has posed safety hazards for several families who live there.  Tammy Noah said both she and her 12-year-old son Ryan have asthma, and she needs to sleep with a breathing machine each night - something she cannot do, at least from her own home, without power.  Noah said she has reached out to Duke Energy, hoping her medical concern can classify her situation as high priority.

Noah's back yard Friday was reflective of the storm's severity in Forsyth.  Strong winds, which she described as circulation resembling that of a tornado, completely uprooted her large oak tree and lifted her neighbor's chicken coop from the ground.

Because the storm did not actually induce a tornado, she said she heard no sirens go off in the area.  Therefore, Noah said she and her son did not seek shelter and could have been seriously injured, had that tree fallen in the direction of her home.

A few streets over, crews worked to restore power to several of the traffic lights on University Pkwy.  By 11:30 a.m., the light at the intersection of that road and Hanes Mill Road had been restored, and crews were working on lines near the powerless area around the Stanleyville Dr. and University Pkwy. intersection.  Power at the gas station at that intersection had come back on, much to the relief of a woman who works there.  She told WFMY News 2 earlier in the day she was worried the gas station would lose a day of business. 

By mid-day, most of the streets in the area had been cleared of debris that had been causing roadway congestion in the morning.  As of noon, three major roads remained completely closed, as Duke Energy had not yet removed dangerously active fallen power lines.   Those roads were Yadkinville Rd., Transou Rd. and Vance Rd. in Kernersville.

The 911 Communications office for Forsyth County told WFMY News 2 there were no reported injuries in that county.

Emergency officials encourage people whose homes sustained damage to call their insurance agencies before clearing debris.

Duke Energy continues to update power outage totals in each county affected by the storm.

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