Straight line winds rip path of destruction in Weems area

Workers remove a large tree from the roof over the garage at Chris and Michelle Crowther’s home in Quarters Cove. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

WEEMS—Carolyn Whay has always been scared of storms and especially terrified of wind. So much so that the 75-year-old has a tornado shelter of sorts under her stairs, complete with a weather radio, a battery operated light and a book to read and calm her nerves. She’s never really needed it until last Tuesday night when trees began to topple around her house and she was sure a tornado was touching down in lower Lancaster County.

“I was in the kitchen and the sky turned yellowish, greenish looking and then I looked and the trees were bent over,” said Whay. “I ran for that closet, and I could hear the trees falling and when the big one hit the roof, I said God please keep me safe, I think my house is gone.”

For two consecutive days, the Northern Neck was hit with destructive weather systems. Following a tornado touchdown in the Lewisetta….[to-view-more]