'Before' photo of Brenda Gibson's Beecher Street home
Brenda Gibson's Beecher Street home after storm of July 17, 2013
Twitter photo of storm damage at Philips Arena
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -
High winds from Wednesday evening's thunderstorms sent part of Philips Arena's roof flying and caused trees all across metro Atlanta to topple.
The front half of an historic home in southwest Atlanta was demolished by a falling tree. The home on Beecher Street had recently been featured in the West End Tour of Homes.
"Oh, wow. My heart is still rapidly racing because of that incredible sound," said homeowner Brenda Gibson. She and her dog had taken refuge in the basement when the tree sliced through the home. They were able to escape unharmed.
A block away, a tree landed on top of a home on Cascade Road that had several children inside at the time. The children were not seriously injured.
Crews were busy throughout the evening, as trees continued to fall across several southwest Atlanta streets. No serious injuries were reported.
Philips Arena sustained damage to a section of its roof. A spokesperson for the venue released the following statement:
"A severe thunderstorm caused damage to some insulated panels on an upper portion of Philips Arena. A private event was in progress at the time and was not interrupted; nor were any guests in harm's way. The safety of our employees and guests is the top priority for Philips Arena, and we work with the Atlanta Police Department and a variety of additional law enforcement and security personnel to ensure that our procedures are in accordance with achieving that end goal."
Several downed trees resulted in power outages. Georgia Power crews worked to get electricity restored to everyone affected.
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