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Jackson Neighbors Pick Up After Storm

Brief but powerful storm tears through East Side neighborhood, downing trees and damaging buildings
Posted at 12:37 PM, Jun 20, 2024
  • Video shows storm damage and clean-up.
  • A brief but powerful storm tore through Jackson's East Side Wednesday evening.
  • The storm downed limbs and utility lines, uprooted trees, and damaged buildings.

Broken limbs, downed wires, uprooted trees, and damaged buildings...Jackson neighbors are picking up after Wednesday’s brief but powerful storm blew through their neighborhood.

"Wind picked up so quick and it was a white-out with the rain — you couldn't see anything," says neighbor Scott Wicht.

Neighbors on Jackson’s East Side were taken by surprise as Wednesday evening’s downpour suddenly walloped their neighborhood with powerful winds.

Neighbor Scott Wicht says he watched as the largest trees on his block were "bending over like they were going to snap off.”

Everything happened within 5-10 minutes, he says.

Jonathan Creger, the owner of this house, was home watching television as the wind picked up and it started to rain. Then — some unexpected noises spurred him to action.

"We started hearing crashing so we panicked and got the dogs downstairs in the basement," says Creger.

To him, the storm seemed to last only five minutes. Emerging from the basement, Creger quickly realized what had happened.

"When we came back up, we saw the tree next door first, and then I looked out front and all I could see was leaves, and I was like 'OK, that tree fell'," he recounts.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

The neighborhood around Seymour Street North of Ganson seems to have taken the brunt, though damage extended as far as the Fairgrounds.

Some toppled trees and downed limbs could be seen on Jackson's South Side and around Vandercook Lake.

Clean-up crews and neighbors were at work all morning Thursday, picking up debris and repairing utilities. For some neighbors repairing the damage will take longer.

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