The National Weather Service says straight-lined winds were to blame for destruction left behind by a thunderstorm Tuesday morning in Port Gibson.
“We looked out, and we couldn’t believe our eyes,” said Port Gibson farmer John Koeberle. He says his wife ran to the cellar, thinking a tornado was approaching.
“I would say it’s close to something you see on television, down in Florida when they’ve got hurricanes” he told 13WHAM.
Unlike a hurricane, Koeberle says the storm lasted just minutes.
Koeberle alone lost a dozen trees on his property.
About a mile south, the Custers say they had a path carved through once-dense woods next to their home.
“It was pouring, and then it got real quiet, and then it got real black, it just all broke loose,” said Tammy Custer. “It was like a freight train coming through you.”
The NWS says photos of the area do not indicate the presence of a tornado or microburst. The NWS says it is not planning to visit the area and investigate further.
The Ontario County Sheriff says there are no reports of any injuries during the storm.