Unexpected storm hits Greenville, causes damage

Greenville – Straight line winds in excess of 50 miles per hour are blamed for damage to multiple Greenville homes and businesses Friday afternoon.

A band of thunderstorms pushed through the region at approximately 2:45 p.m., causing the heaviest damage in a gridded area from Sayle Street east to Wesley Street, north of Terrell Road and south of Interstate 30.

Perhaps the most visible of damage was sustained at the new Braums along Wesley Street, as winds ripped off a portion of the roof. A sign is also reported to have fallen onto a pickup truck in the parking lot of Taco Bueno.

One minor injury was reported in which the patient was treated and released.

Property damage estimates to the local businesses and homes were unknown at last report. Approximately 1,000 businesses and homes lost power. As of 5:00 p.m. Greenville Electric Utility personnel had restored power to most of the affected area.

At the time of the storm Hunt County was not under a serve storm warning so the intensity of the storm was unexpected.