The sounds of chainsaws filled the quiet side of the Smokies Friday, one day after storms pounded the small Blount County community and much of East Tennessee.
"Never seen anything like this before. We've had wind, but nothing like this," said resident Ralph Lindsey. A massive 300-foot tree fell on top of his house, thanks to the strong 70 mile per hour gusts that swept through the area.
That tree caved in the ceiling of Lindsey's 55-year residence.
"(My wife) was about five feet from the bedroom when it fell. And I was in the hallway, which was 10 feet in the kitchen," he added -- two places where the roof caved in.
Other people dealt with damaged cars, a result of fallen trees. Some fell on top of the vehicles, others caused residual effects.
"Pulled the black walnut completely out of the ground, broke up all the concrete, which threw the car up," Mardi King said as her Toyota was found vertical Friday morning.
The Townsend fire chief said in this mountainous area, fallen trees were the most significant problem.
"If you can notice, there are a lot of trees, a lot of chainsaws out. And that's one thing that people need to be careful of," said Townsend Fire Chief Don Stallions.
As the cleanup process is well underway, resident Lindsey is thankful that he and his wife weren't hurt.
"We both could've been buried in there. We were that close," he said.