Burlington community cleaning up after storm damages multiple homes in neighborhood

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A Burlington community is cleaning up after a storm rolled through on Thursday afternoon and caused damage in a neighborhood.

Homeowners on Ethans Way in Burlington told FOX8’s Allison Smith that they’re lucky to be alive.

A dozen homes, if not more, on Ethans Way are dealing with damaged siding, and the power is currently out in the neighborhood.

Neighbors are powering up their generators for the night.

The storm also ripped a 50-year-old picnic shelter out of the ground at Springwood Presbyterian Church in Burlington.

A tornado warning was issued for Guliford, Forsyth, Randolph and Davidson counties.

At 5:13 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Randleman to 11 miles east of High Rock Lake, moving northeast at 55 mph.

This storm system has already heavily impacted Deep South states. Alabama has seen several tornados, and tornados have been reported in Mississippi and Louisiana. No one has been hurt as of Thursday morning.

The Burlington Fire Department released the following information on storm damage:

The Burlington Fire Department responded to multiple reports of storm damage in the early evening of March 18 th, between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Most reports of major damage were reported primarily in the western portion of Burlington. Significant damage occurred at the Woodland Heights Apartments located off of Springwood Church Road near Interstates 40/85 where there was roof damage, siding blown off the building, and multiple HVAC units blown over. A nearby construction site on Oliver Park Drive also saw damage with the framing of a house being blown down. Townhomes on Ethans Way, located near Springwood Park also sustained major storm damage, including roof damage, an outbuilding destroyed, and fence damage to multiple fences. Other areas of the city that sustained significant damage also included tree and wind damage to a home on Limerick Drive. Major tree damage which included fallen powerlines were reported on Amherst Drive as well. There were reports of scattered trees and powerlines down throughout other parts of the city as well, along with damage to signage and scattered minor structural damage.

Damage estimates are still being assessed across the city, but preliminary estimates appear to be in excess of $1 million. There were no injuries to the public or responders. The Burlington Police Department, Duke Energy, Gibsonville Fire Department, Whitsett Fire Department, Guilford County Emergency Management, and Alamance County Emergency Management all provided assistance or resources during this storm event.

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