Fallen tree narrowly misses house

Published 2:42 pm Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Phillip Conway poses next to a large pine tree that was uprooted at his home on Halso Mill Road Tuesday by strong storms that passed through the area. (Advocate Staff/Patty Vaughan)

Strong storms swept through parts of Butler County late Tuesday afternoon.

Dime-size hail fell in downtown Greenville and was accompanied by strong winds.

Out on Halso Mill Road, Phillip and Marjorie Conway felt the brunt of those storms.

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After one of the storms passed around 5:30 p.m., the couple walked outside to find a large pine tree that spanned the width of their backyard had been uprooted.

“It blew down in the storm, but nobody heard it fall,” Phillip said.

The tree not only ripped a large hole in the ground, but it destroyed the fencing on both sides of the property.

“We were lucky,” Marjorie said. “(The tree) was leaning that way, and it could have hit the house on the other side of the fence.”

Butler County Emergency Management Agency Director Shirley Sandy said she had not been notified of any significant damage in the county but urged the community to stay on guard.

“There was a quite bit of hail that came through Greenville,” Sandy said. “(People) need to stay out of it and watch what is going on with the weather and the alerts.”

Keith Williams, meteorologist with the Mobile National Weather Service, said that the county is likely see similar weather for the rest of the week.

“There was an inch and half of rain (Tuesday),” Williams said. “We have a 40 percent chance of rain today and about a 70 percent chance (on Thursday).”

With the typical summer weather pattern of strong winds and heavy rains, people like the Conways are learning to stay alert.

“I guess the force of the wind and the rain brought (the tree) down,” Marjorie said. “It’s a big a mess. When you have trees taken out, you never have your land like it was. It’s hard to get it as nice as it was.”