Severe weather in Greencastle

Shawn Hardy
Pictured here is one of many uprooted trees in the Greencastle area.

Bob Laughlin of 505 Williamson Road called early Thursday afternoon “pretty traumatic.”

Severe weather was in the forecast and while most of the area just saw heavy rain, a small area of Greencastle and Antrim Township was slammed by high winds.

Trees and branches were downed, garbage cans thrown asunder, basketball hoops toppled and yard ornaments scattered along Williamson Avenue and Williamson Road from U.S. 11 to Craig Road. The sign for Baumgardner Drive was ripped off and upside down in a nearby yard.

The only call to the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services was for trees and wires down at 328 Williamson Ave. at 12:41 p.m.

“We’ve been watch storms this afternoon, but this is the first report of damage,” Bill Gartner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said when contacted by the Echo Pilot.

“We heard a gust and it sounded like the house was coming down,” said Laughlin, who told his wife, Trish to head to the basement.

After the winds subsided, he was out in the rain assessing damage, which includes a large tree down in the front year, a smashed windshield with water and glass in his truck and shingles ripped off both sides of the house.

His neighbor, Sam Plank, said the storm felt like a little tornado. It split a Bradford pear tree in his front yard and threw dirt on his house.

Antrim Township Administrator Brad Graham went out after the storm and agreed most of the damage was along Williamson Road and Williamson Avenue. He did see some broken limbs and trees down to the north on Shinham and Frank roads, but said, “it didn’t seem like it carried too far.”