THUNDERSTORM HITS GREENVILLE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT
A severe thunderstorm with strong winds, heavy rains,
and hail hit Greenville and Bond County around 6PM
Sunday. There have been numerous reports of substantial
damage from the storm and one woman was injured when
a tree fell across her car.
Crystal G. Biggerstaff of Greenville was southbound
on Elm at Ridge Avenue in front of Gruen Sales and
Service when a large section of the tree snapped in
half and fell across her vehicle. The accident happened
just as the storm hit Greenville and she told firefighters
that she saw the tree falling and was able to lay
down on the floorboard before it came crashing through
her car. It took the Greenville Fire Protection District
and City of Greenville street crews nearly ninety
minutes to extricate the woman as they had to wait
for the removal of power lines. Fire Chief Bill Johnston
told WGEL that they were able to take out the windshield
giving the woman enough room to crawl out. She was
transported by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital
for treatment of back injuries. A hospital spokesman
told WGEL that Biggerstaff was treated and then transferred
to another hospital in satisfactory condition.
on Elm Street were Crystal Biggerstaff was trapped..
Most of the smashed car is covered by the tree but
you can see the tail lights towards the bottom on
the left side.
Larry and Darla Snow residence on north Idler Lane
took a major hit from the storm as the top section
of the house was damaged. Family and friends quickly
responded and assisted with the cleanup. WGEL has
been told that the Ted Schrage farm in southern Bond
County also suffered a lot of damage. A Bond County
deputy who viewed the damage reported that you could
see the path of the storm leading him to believe it
was not the work of straight line winds.
Bond County deputy said he saw a funnel cloud pass
near his house on Hunter School Avenue. City police
also received a 9-1-1 call from someone who thought
they saw a funnel cloud near Hookdale.
machine shed at the Dave Marti residence on Cottonwood
Avenue southwest of Greenville was blown away. A pickup
truck in the shed was heavily damaged along with a
garage door on the home.
Thiems told WGEL that her husband and daughter were
working at the family farm in Old Ripley when the
storm hit. As they were running for shelter, Roger
Thiems was hit by a tree limb causing minor injuries
to his back and arm.
farms east of Pierron are cleaning up after the storm
destroyed a barn at the Rick Zurliene residence and
two barns at Del Zurliene's. WGEL has been told that
some beef cattle were killed in the damage at the
Rick Zurliene farm.
trees fell on the Max Whited residence north of Mulberry
Grove. An upstairs bedroom was damaged along with
an out building and a swimming pool.
Sorento area also felt damage from the storm. Frank
Mriscin who lives northwest of Sorento told WGEL that
some tall pine trees on his property were sheared
in half. One of the trees fell on his mobile home.
damage included a barn at the Marilyn Debatin farm
on Tri Avenue; a tree on a trailer on 6th Street in
Mulberry Grove; a tree on a house on east South Avenue
in Greenville; a storage shed blown over on the Greenville
College practice field; a 60 x 100 machine shed at
the Gary Weiss farm on Sugarloaf Road; a concrete
silo at the Kenneth Kersch farm on Cart Hill Road
and numerous sheds, signs, fences, and power lines.
At Southwestern Electric, their communications tower
was toppled and at nearby Circle W Tire the sign and
building were also damaged. The horse arena on the
western edge of the Bond County Fairgrounds suffered
major damage. A WGEL listener informed us that several
electric poles were knocked over in Pierron. A semi
was blown over on I-70 near the 47-mile marker. The
Greenville Fire Protection District responded but
found the driver out of the vehicle and not injured.
Authorities believe the strong winds caused the driver
to lose control of the rig.
Electric's Communication tower on Route 40 was bent
in half, but amazingly the tower light stayed on.