Twice In One Week: Eden Hit Hard By Storm Damage

2WTK: When To Use Severe Weather Sirens

EDEN, NC -- For the second time in just one week – people in Rockingham County are dealing with significant storm damage.

Seven days after a tornado damaged 25 homes and nine businesses in Eden, Thursday night’s storms made it even worse.

Several trees fell in the Draper neighborhood, damaging homes, cars, and knocking out power for dozens of residents.

Allen Doby spent all day Friday working to clean up the damage at his nephew's house in Eden.

A massive oak tree crushed their home on Maryland Avenue.

Luckily, nobody was inside.

"We will try to get this house back together,” said Doby. “We will get some of the things that were damaged replaced. But nobody lost their life and that is the great part about it."

Doby picked up debris with his bare hands to clear up enough space for his family to get back inside the house.

“We have a love for one another. In that love for one another, I just believe that our hope and faith tells us that we can work through anything because of that believe that we have."

Less than a mile away on Carolina Avenue, crews worked to clean up another tree that fell on a house, crushing a family's car port.

On Thursday night, the Rockingham County 911 Center activated its severe weather siren to alert people about the storm.

But that siren was not activated a week ago, when the tornado ripped through 3.3 miles of town.

2 Wants to Know asked Rockingham County Fire Marshal Robert Cardwell to explain the protocol for activating the severe weather siren.

"The sirens are activated for weather warnings,” said Cardwell. “Primarily they are received from the National Weather Service. But they can also be activated if you have an authoritative organization that's called in with possibility of tornado activity."

The Rockingham County 911 Center uses the siren to alert people to take shelter when severe weather rolls through.

Cardwell says on Thursday night, the 911 center received several reports of what they thought looked like funnel clouds with possible tornadic activity.

Ultimately, there were no reports of any tornadoes touching down in Rockingham County on Thursday night.

But Cardwell says the sirens aren't just for tornadoes.

The county can use them for flash flooding, hurricanes, or even just a bad thunderstorm.

After last week's tornado, Cardwell says they didn't want to take any chances.

"It becomes personal when we have an event,” said Cardwell. “Rockingham County is not a large area when you look at who we know. We go out and help our neighbors and they help us. That's what we're here for.”

Cardwell spent much of Friday driving around Rockingham County documenting the damage.

He's sending pictures to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, VA for further review.

Cardwell says straight line winds are to blame for Thursday night’s storm.

Nobody was killed and no injuries have been reported.
 

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