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Storms Rake High Country--Two Dead in Foothills PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 06:08

A fast-moving line of thunderstorms that turned into a bow echo as it reached the High Country just before midnight last night, raking the area with high winds and heavy rains, knocking down trees, closing roads, and probably contributing to three structure fires—two homes destroyed. In Rutherford County, two died as a tree smashed their home. 
Through the storms, western Watauga seemed to suffer the brunt of the wind, with trees down across US 321 and US 421from Zionville to Georges Gap to Old Watauga River Road and Crab Orchard and Brownwood Roads.  Volunteer fire departments and the DOT spent their night clearing trees and restoring the flow of traffic.
In Caldwell, Highway 90 was closed most of the night due to storm damage, dropping trees and power lines over the road, while homes all over the county were damaged by the storms.

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