'I was fearing for my life': Ringgold residents recall Friday's storm
Residents who live off Three Notch Road are sorting through the damage of an intense storm that whipped through Ringgold Friday afternoon.
Wind gusts reached 60 m.p.h.
"Just thankful it fell where it did," said Greg Wallace who lives off Three Notch Road.
Wallace says the tree that fell in his front yard is more than 100 years old and stood 90 feet high before winds blew it over on Friday.
"It was pretty intense," Wallace told Channel 3.
Those who live in the area were forced to find safety.
"I was fearing for my life," said Ringgold resident Franklin Pennington.
Pennington says it's been a long time since he's seen a storm this powerful and that the winds and golf ball-sized hail came in an instant.
"It was unbelievable really because of the way the trees were bent over almost touching the ground," Pennington recalled.
A barn in the area sustained severe damage.
"That barn will be 150 years old next year but it's still standing," said Wallace.
Wallace lives next to the barn that his father owns-- now in shambles.
Some residents in Ringgold compared this storm to the tornado that swept through in 2011.
"It was intense. You could not see 10 feet in front of you," said Pennington.
Pennington said the 60 mile per hour wind gusts were so strong, he had to hold on to the garage door.
"If it did try to carry me-- it's going to carry a piece of the tin with me," Pennington said.
He says he is happy everything he lost can be replaced.
"I'm glad that it's just material stuff-- that it's no humans," Pennington told Channel 3.
There have not been reports of anyone hurt by Friday's storm.
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