Residents clean up storm damage


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on September 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 2:47 PM

AUSTIN -- Thursday evening the curious came out to see storm damage that ripped through parts of South Austin and Elgin 24 hours earlier.

Neighbors in South Austin say around 8 p.m. Wednesday, what they thought was a tornado forced them to run for cover.

“I looked out in the backyard and I saw trees coming down touching the ground. It was pretty frightening. We all went in to the bathroom because I thought for sure it was a tornado,” said Charles Cowey, a South Austin resident living near Fancy Gap off Manchaca Road.

Cowey had two mature cedar trees shredded in high winds.

Across the street from his house a 200-year-old red oak tree was uprooted in what meteorologists say were at least 60 mph sheer winds.

“When you see high winds and you get scared, take some shelter 'cause it can be bad,” added Cowey.

Cowey will find out Friday if the toppled trees are on his property or the City’s. A decision that could mean the difference between paying $600 to $800 for tree debris removal. 

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