’I looked outside and everything’s gone’: Garrison residents wake up to properties damaged, destroyed by storm

’I looked outside and everything’s gone’: Garrison residents wake up to properties damaged, destroye

GARRISON, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County residents have been on the receiving end of even more storm damage this week; this time, near the Garrison area.

Chris and Sandy Lundsford were asleep around 9 p.m. Thursday when they heard the distinctive sound of what they believed was a tornado.

“I woke up around 9:20 to a loud noise, and my husband said get up,” said Sandy Lunsford. “We just heard the noise.

WEBXTRA: Garrison residents woken up to fallen trees, properties damaged by storm

My daughter came into the bedroom, our dog jumped up on to the bed. Any by that time, [the storm] had just gone right over. It sounded just like a train."

When the family went outside to investigate, they found several of their trees had been blown over on their property, one of which crushed the couple’s truck. Luckily, their home was not damaged.

When the Lunsfords went outside to investigate storm damage, they found several of their trees had been blown over on their property, one of which crushed the couple’s truck. (Source: Donna McCollum/KTRE)
When the Lunsfords went outside to investigate storm damage, they found several of their trees had been blown over on their property, one of which crushed the couple’s truck. (Source: Donna McCollum/KTRE)

“I went outside, and everything’s gone,” Lunsford said.

Metal lawn furniture was found in a pasture; a tree went through the windshield of a truck; an older chicken house collapsed with trees resting on top.

“The pressure inside the shop was so strong that this door was bowed out and its blown completely off of the railing on the inside, so we can’t raise it," Lunsford explained.

Within the City of Nacogdoches, tree service contractors are busy. Twice within a 24 hour period large trees growing in water soaked soil toppled over. Powerful winds also took down two large trees on Bostwick Street. Both fell on houses, but no one was hurt.

Lunsford called the National Weather Service, who she said told her they would out Monday to survey the damage to decide whether it was due to tornadic activity. However, the Lunsfords are already convinced that it was.

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