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High winds rip through county

Staff photo by Tommy Millsaps
A blast of wind tour off part of the metal roof at the SHS field house Monday morning. The
springlike weather has now given way to colder air.
Published: 8:45 AM, 12/12/2012

Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

SWEETWATER-It has felt more like late March and April this month so far with Christmas parades held in 60 and 70-degree weather.

But the balmy, spring-like weather caught up to Monroe County Monday morning when a cold front slammed into the warm air and created a line of strong storms. Those storms struck with high winds and heavy rain just before school started Monday, leaving trees down in various parts of the county.

Some of the most visible damage was at Sweetwater High School.

Sweetwater High Assistant Principal Rhex Rhodes spent part of the morning cleaning up after high winds blew the roof off the football field house with some of the debris landing on his pickup truck.

Rhodes was at SHS when the storm struck around 6:15 a.m.

"It sounded like a downburst," he said.

See full story in the Wednesday, Dec. 12, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.

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