Lexington Resident Shares His Tornado Experience - DatelineCarolina

Lexington County Cleaning Up After Tornados

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Brad Derrick showing damage around his brother's house. Brad Derrick showing damage around his brother's house.
A tree that fell over in the Derrick's backyard. A tree that fell over in the Derrick's backyard.

By Artisa Ricks

Posted Mar 31, 2010 10:53 AM

   Some people in Lexington County are still reeling after two strong tornados came through Sunday, downing trees and damaging homes and businesses.

   Brad Derrick spent Monday cleaning up his family business, Derrick Plumbing Warehouse.   

   "Everybody always tells you, stay away from windows, don't expose yourself to debris or anything, and just hunker down and pray. You know, there just wasn't... wasn't a whole lot I could do," says Derrick.

   The damage included steel beams pulled upwards and metal doors blown off their tracks.

   Derrick's brother's house is across the street from the warehouse. It had parts of the roof torn off and huge trees uprooted in the backyard.

   "The wind was so loud that they never even heard the tree crash and it fell, honestly, right beside their bedroom," said Derrick.

   Derrick says the company is still operating after cleaning things up. He says the warehouse roof should be fixed by Saturday but the memories of the storm will be vivid for a long time.

   The National Weather Service classified the tornado that hit Lexington County as a EF2 in strength, meaning winds were estimated to be about 125 mph.

 

 

 

 

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