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Recent Storm Damage Not Caused By Tornado

By Alyssa Schnugg
Staff writer

The National Weather Service has ruled that damage from Thursday’s thunderstorms in parts of Lafayette County were not caused by a tornado.

Lafayette County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Quarles said NWS reported that straight-line winds were responsible for the dozens of trees and power lines knocked down in Taylor.
“They advised three cells passed over Taylor,” Quarles said.
The heaviest damage was seen on County Road 328 in Taylor where 3 miles of trees and power lines were knocked down.
Quarles said two homes sustained heavy damage and several cars were destroyed or damaged from falling trees. Road crews spent more than three hours Friday morning clearing Old Taylor Road of fallen trees and limbs. More than 1,000 people were without power in Lafayette County Friday for several hours.
The high winds were also responsible for knocking down a large tree in Harmontown and several smaller trees fell near Old Highway 7.


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