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Severe weather in Dunlap dampens World's Longest Yard Sale

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DUNLAP, SEQUATCHIE COUNTY (WRCB) - Thursday night's thunderstorms caused problems for the World's Longest Yard Sale.

The storm did damage to vendors' tents, making for a destructive beginning to the weekend event.

"We just put the tarps over as tight as we could and just stayed in the truck and watched. Oh my gosh, the wind just shook us so badly," says Jennifer Scoggins.

Within minutes what had taken these vendors months to set up for, was destroyed.

From antique dishes to tents and glassware, unfortunately some people lost almost everything.

"It was just straight force winds and I thought it was going to blow us away.  It was scary we were holding on for dear life," Patty Riddle says.

"Stuff was flying everywhere! Tents collapsed on top of people," Melissa Sholtz says.

Everyone was okay, and got out safety but many items these vendors could have sold were destroyed.

Between the extreme heat and the storms, it has been an interesting few days for many of these vendors.

"I am hoping it will kind of move away from us for a while and let us at least try to salvage this weekend and make a little bit of money," Sholtz says.

The World's Longest Yard Sale continues through Sunday along Highway 127 from Alabama to Michigan.

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