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A downed tree lays across a power line on the south side of Hwy. 8 E. after storms pounded the area Wednesday morning.
Staff Writer

   Storms pounded homes along Hwy. 8 E. in the wee hours of Wednesday causing significant damage.
   Grenada Emergency Operations Center director Trebia Rodgers said a down blast, which is something like a tornado that touches down then quickly goes back up into the atmosphere, hit the area.
   “It felt like the whole house shook and moved a little,” said David Wilkie, whose home on the north side of the highway,  about two miles outside the city limits,   had the metal roof peeled back like a sardine can.
   Wilkie’s home was one of three that received substantial damage. Another home in the area suffered minor damage, according to Rodgers.
   The storm hit around 2 a.m., Wilkie said. The worst was over in seconds.
   Grenada was under a tornado watch from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m., Rodgers said, and under a severe thunderstorm warning from 1:30 a.m. until 2:45 a.m.
   Next door to Wilkie, winds ripped up a wooden fence and slammed it against Patricia Elie’s and Veronica Gilliam’s apartment. It scared their grandchildren.

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