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Storm inflicts damage
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It didn’t take long for a high-wind thunderstorm to topple trees, knock down utility lines, and flood roads Monday afternoon in Warren County.
High winds blew off a portion of the Taco Bell sign on Smithville Highway and it temporarily disrupted traffic before it was moved.
Trees were down across the county, including several that fell across roads. West Green Hill Road, Couch Street, Spring Street, Pine Bluff Road, and Locust Street were just a few of the places where trees were snapped. On some roads, the fallen tree blocked both lanes of traffic.
On Fairview Road, a vehicle crashed into a tree as members of the Collins River Fire Department were attempting to clear it from the road. The vehicle suffered damage but no injuries were reported.
A power line was down on E. Main Street in the area of Security Equipment. It was one of several reports of downed power lines around the county.
Dispatch was so busy at the height of the storm it was holding calls as there were no officers available.
After reports of approaching severe weather throughout the day, the storm hit Warren County later than expected. Heavy rain started around 3 p.m., but the storm had largely left the area by 4:30 p.m.
The Standard had not received any reports of injury at 4:30 p.m.