Cave City Cleanup Continues After Brush With Mother Nature

August 14, 2007 - Posted at 5:19 p.m. CDT

CAVE CITY, AR -- A clean-up of a different nature is underway in Sharp County.  Tuesday's intense heat was briefly broken by a strong thunderstorm that blew through the Cave City area resulting in moderate damage in places.

Folks in Cave City had a bit of a brush with Mother Nature.

The National Weather Service reported straight line winds hit the area just after 6:00 o'clock, but for some, it seemed like much more. And it was just after 6:00 when Cave City residents saw some of Region 8's wildest summer weather.

"I tell you, I've never seen a wind like that that wasn't a tornado. They said it was a straight line wind, but it was a mess, I tell you," said Cave City resident Robert Lee.

"I ran in after she did and debris was going everywhere and it was quiet scary!" said Pat Anderson.

Straight line winds toppled trees into houses, destroyed business property and even delayed dinner for some.

"It started raining and the wind was blowing and we kind of stuck with the hamburgers out here because we were catering for a graduation party and then the next thing we knew, the grill took off," said Anderson.

The storm only lasted about ten minutes...long enough to created quite a cleanup.

"They were about 20 hamburgers shy of what they wanted, they are across the garden here along with the grill," said Anderson.

The storm was collapsing as it came through Cave City.  One of the reasons it was so strong was because it was actually weakening.