Storm cleanup underway in Philadelphia

(WBIR-Philadelphia) It took only minutes for a storm in Loudon County to uproot trees, tear down power lines, and rip off roofs.

There have been no reported injuries.

Power is out for dozens in the Philadelphia area. Classes are also canceled Thursday at Philadelphia Elementary School because of the power outage.

Much of downtown Philadelphia needs cleaning up; residents there started the process as soon as the storm passed.

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Downed trees trapped a 102-year-old man inside his home on Elm Street.

"I got up and came to the porch and I saw all these trees down but I couldn't get out the door," said John Everett, who just turned 102 years old on Sunday.

Family and friends helped cleanup debris in Everett's yard.

"All these people who help me clean it up, it means a lot to me," he said.

The storm also crumbled one of the town's historic buildings. Luckily, it was abandoned.

Residents on Donaldson Road were also affected by the storm.

"It was very scary because I was seeing the huge limbs flying around. I thought it was going to come through the house," said Bobby Elliott, who lives at the end of Donaldson Road.

He found pieces of other homes in his yard.

Elliott described the storm picking up the trees in his front yard saying, "The one further over there did like three circles in the air. Like, it just stood there and comes straight back, slams straight back down. I was like, 'Did you just see that?' I couldn't believe it."

Within hours of the storm's passing, community members started cleaning up debris.

"A lot of people in this town are just devastated over this. I mean they really are. It's going to take a while to get Philadelphia cleaned back up and get the power back on but thanks be to God we'll survive it," said James Harold who lives on Spring Street, another hard-hit area.

While Philadelphia Elementary School is closed on Thursday, school officials hope to reopen on Friday. The school is located near some of the most damaged areas.


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