Major damage in parts of Gastonia following Irma

- What was left of Hurricane Irma caused major damage to some parts of Gastonia. On Kingstree Circle a large tree fell, crushing and destroying the back of a home.

“It sounded like a thunderstorm going off in my house. It was the loudest thing I have ever heard,” said Mitchel Rhyne, who was inside when the tree came down.

The tree also took down power lines to the home.

The mangled back half of the home was once a relaxing area for the homeowner that he called his man cave. It’s space where he was sitting just minutes prior to the tree tumbling down around 1:00 p.m.

Irma was no match for the tree.

“Luckily she didn’t take anything but material things from me today. I am glad my wife wasn’t here because my family could have gotten hurt but no one did so I am grateful for that,” said Rhyne.

The home is damage so badly, no one can live inside for quite some time.

The Red Cross, neighbors and complete strangers are stepping up to make sure the family has somewhere to stay.

“Good folks around here. All my neighbors being helpful and they are still being helpful,” said Rhyne.

While crews cleaned up the mess on Kingstree Circle, Gastonia Firefighters responded to another tree on a home and a car along Bond Avenue.

No injuries were reported in that incident, but a pickup truck was crushed.

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