High winds topple trees, cause damage in northern Cumberland County

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LINDEN, N.C. (WNCN) — Several trees were downed when severe weather hit northern Cumberland County on Friday afternoon.

The severe weather hit while a wind advisory was in effect and other areas were under a severe thunderstorm watch.

A woman told CBS 17 that high winds hit her home along Giles Road in the Linden area around 4:35 p.m.

Several trees fell and at least one tree damaged a pickup truck at her home.

It’s unclear if a tornado or straight winds caused the damage, but Tammy Mason said she heard “roaring winds” and that the winds were circulating when the damage happened.

“To me, it was a tornado,” who was at home alone when the storm hit.

“All of a sudden I heard this roaring sound and I come to my kitchen window and all over here … there wasn’t nothing but dust and debris in the air spinning,” Mason said. “I didn’t know what in the world to do.”

A shed was also destroyed by a tree and a large tree narrowly missed the family’s home, but no one was hurt.

“I think God I am still alive — material things can be replaced,” Mason said, who added she has lived in the area for 31 years.

Crews from Westarea Fire Department responded to the scene.

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