VANDUSER - Harold Graviett has seen a lot of rain and
thunder and he weathered the tornado of 1986 but
Wednesday's storm was unlike any other, he said.
The Vanduser mayor said in the few minutes the storm
blew through his community, it caused several
thousands dollars in damage. "It kind of caught us off
guard," Graviett said about the storm about 3:30 p.m.
Thursday in Vanduser, located just northwest of
"The winds were swirling, like tornado winds rather
than straight winds," he said. Graviett estimated the
winds reached about 80 to 100 miles per hour.
During the 10 to 15 minutes the storm lasted several
large trees were uprooted. Two cars and several houses
were damaged by falling trees and limbs, the mayor
Telephone service was out for several hours for the
community's 200 residents. Also power was not restored
to Vanduser until after midnight.
"It really came through quick. It was here and gone in
ten minutes," said Graviett. "This was a very unusual
storm for this time of year."