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Four-State Region Hit Hard by Heavy Storm

It rained, it poured, but it was the wind that caused major problems in the four-state region Monday morning, knocking down several trees in Shepherdstown, and HVAC units in Winchester.
WHAG NEWS - It rained, it poured, but it was the wind that caused major problems in the four-state region Monday morning, knocking down several trees in Shepherdstown, and HVAC units in Winchester.

The Apple Blossom Mall had to close their doors for a few hours this morning because the wind gusts knocked the HVAC units off the roof.

Winchester Fire and Rescue responders were called to the mall because employees complained of a natural gas smell, and some even said they had headaches from the odor.

"They found a smell of natural gas throughout the mall area. Several rooftop units had been toppled over, from the roof, exposing several holes in the roof," said Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief, Allen Baldwin.

Larry Nelson, the Marketing Director of the mall, wasn't able to comment on camera, but said everything got cleaned up quickly. He said, there was quite a bit of damage done to the outside of the mall, with outdoor food court furniture blown around, and pieces broken in addition to the damage done by the HVAC units.

A note that the Winchester Fire Chief echoed:

"The city's building inspectors were also on site, they cleared the building structurally. And there's some private restoration services at the mall now (Monday afternoon) working with several of the stores to clean up the water damage,” Baldwin said.

The fire chief called Monday morning a “unique weather event” because it specifically targeted one area.

"There were no other downed power lines. I understand there was an overturned tractor trailer on the interstate about the same time,” Baldwin said. “Again this storm front moved through very quickly around 8:30 this morning. Again this information we received through the city's emergency management office was that there were wind gusts around 9 knots, and outside the city up to 50-55mph.”

Chief Baldwin continued, “But nothing of significance that would have caused that damage and basically this looks like a unique or freak wind related event in the area of the mall."

No one needed to be taken to the hospital due to weather related injuries Monday, but there are still downed trees around the area.
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