Neighbors unite after storms leave behind damage in Plano




Posted on May 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 12:16 PM

PLANO - Neighbors across Collin County have reached out to help one another recover from the damage left behind from early-morning storms.

The National Weather Service confirmed straight line winds of up to 75 mph blew through some neighborhoods, but can't say that what happened was a tornado.

Along Treeline Drive in Plano, the number of trees down is notable. City street crews spent the morning clearing limbs strewn over area lawns, while neighbors helped one another assess the damage.

The Guckus family lost nearly half their roof to this morning's powerful storm. Jeannie Guckus told News 8 she awoke to hear her chimney slam to the ground in her back yard as the powerful winds blew through. Then the rain started seeping into her dining room, she said.

She ran upstairs to wake up her two teens, but they had already awoken. Guckus' daughter Christine told News 8 she was terrified to see her chimney out back through her window and described the "tornado-like winds" as frightening.

The entire neighborhood lost power when the storm blew through at about 3:30 a.m., with wind, rain and hail. Many headed outside with flashlights, reaching out to neighbors in need.

Over at the Jabbar household, they lost trees, too. Complicating matters for them was that they were moving from their house Wednesday.

Suffering from a lack of sleep, they're hauling boxes and packing for their big move to San Diego. Amina Jabbar told News 8 she's grateful the trees didn't land on their next door neighbor's house when they came crashing to the ground.

The damage was widespread in Collin County from Plano to Frisco. According to the weather forecast, neighbors won't have much time to clean up or dry out. Another round of rain came through mid-morning, and the forecast calls for even more bad storms Wednesday evening.