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Metal and wooden storage buildings displayed out front in the Lowe’s parking lot were torn apart by straight-line winds that swept through Saturday. Some of the wreckage ended up in a gully while other scraps were collected and hauled off in back of the store.
SoVaNow.com / August 12, 2013
A thunderstorm that rumbled through South Boston Saturday afternoon flattened storage buildings on sale at Lowes Home Improvement, leaving shards of metal and wood strewn about the parking lot.

Straight-line winds swept through around 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon and destroyed somewhere between five or ten metal and polymer storage sheds and wooden Heartland barns sitting outside at Lowe’s, said a store employee. She was unable to provide an estimate of the damages.

It was the worst known impact of the thunderstorm, which unleashed torrents of rain in some areas but hovered ominously over others without bringing much rainfall at all. Aside from the damage at Lowe’s, the effects were relatively light: Dominion reported power outages to 120 customers, all of whom were slated to have their electricity restored by Sunday. Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, which serves areas in Halifax County, reported no outages.

At the Lowe’s store on Old Halifax Road, the storm was at its violent worst: the employee reported “the wind was so strong it wrapped some of the metal [sheds] around the guardrail” that runs around the parking lot.

Metal shards were tossed over the railing and into a deep gully that sits behind the strip center separating Lowe’s and Wal-Mart. Other fragments of storage buildings were found in and around the parking lot and hauled off around back of the store, awaiting a visit by insurance adjustors.

The damage seems to have been isolated in the Old Halifax Road area. Kirby Saunders, emergency services coordinator for Halifax County, said this weekend that he had received no reports of major trouble from the storm.









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