A line of destruction… Storm packing straight-line winds wreak havoc to Rittertown, Browns Branch Rd. area of Hampton

Published 10:55 pm Friday, May 28, 2021

HAMPTON – A Friday evening storm packed a punch in the Rittertown Rd. and Browns Branch Rd. section of Hampton as trees were uprooted and snapped like toothpicks, power lines were left lying on the ground causing power outages, and some residents assisted from their homes due to fallen trees.

Mayor Patty Woodby and Sheriff Dexter Lunceford were on the scene and assisted one family out of their damaged home.

According to Sheriff Lunceford, the area was a mess with power lines down on the road along with several trees. He recommended staying away from the area until daylight due to the downed power lines.

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Mayor Woodby added that it might take two to three days to get the power restored to the residents who were left without power due to the storm.

One resident stated that she hadn’t been gone from her home long when she received a call from her home security company that she had a power outage.

She said she hadn’t thought much of it until she returned home to find a yard full of damage to trees and a building on the premises.

The Hampton Volunteer Fire Department assisted an elderly resident from her home where she lived alone due to damage from the storm.

This is a developing story and the Elizabethton Star will be following up as more details are made available.