AUSTIN -- Clean up continues in South Austin. The sweet sounds of rain during Wednesday night’s storm quickly turned to howling winds, leaving a trail of splintered trees in its path.
Residents in a neighborhood off Manassas near West Gate Boulevard took a beating.
“It is total chaos right now. I never could have imagined something like this could happen,” described homeowner Will Branch. Without warning two massive trees at Branch’s home came crashing down.
“All of a sudden it just got very quiet, and then all of a sudden you could feel the pressure change in the house. It just sucked in and came out. That’s when everything happened just within a second and then everything was over with,” said Branch.
The winds came fast and hard.
“It sounded like we had a tornado hitting the house,” described Miriam Butler.
The winds pulled trees from the ground, lifted sidewalks and snapped branches in half, crushing cars. No one in the area saw it coming.
“I could just hear the wind coming and sooner than anything the door just hit me straight in the face and I was just trying to close the door,” said resident Connor Klein.
As soon as it hit, neighbors say the winds disappeared.
“We had several claps of thunder and lightning, whatever it was over top of us, and then boom it was gone,” said homeowner Charlotte McClure.
The reality of the damage is sinking in as neighbors brace for a day of cleaning up. Despite the storm damage the neighborhood didn't get much rain, only about an inch to an inch and a half.