Crews work to remove trees toppled by severe weather in Newport News

Posted at 2:03 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 17:07:31-05

Newport News, Va. (WTKR) - Severe storms that moved through Hampton Roads Wednesday caused many trees to fall in Newport News.

All week crews have been busy with the cleanup, especially along the hard-hit Cedar Lane.

Sarah and Bobby Phillips live right off Cedar Lane on Museum Drive and saw a lot of damage.

"Just total chaos out here, 40 foot limbs flying, flying around right up next to the house," Sarah Phillips told NewsChannel 3's Kelly Rule Thursday.

Parthena Crool has lived along Cedar Lane for 48 years. She says this this the first time there's been damage, but she says the wind was unlike anything she has experienced.

"Nothing like this, nothing like the sound and nothing as quickly as this happened," she explained.

Crool saw some damage to her roof along with several downed trees in her yard, which was taken care of by Kenny Jutras, Owner of Kenny’s Tree and Crane.

"The strength of Mother Nature is incredible. I mean these trees that blow over, I mean it could take us all day to take one down with a crane and then it just goes over in minutes, it's really amazing," Justras told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Friday.

Justras and his crew plan to travel to Appomattox, Virginia on Saturday to help in the recovery efforts there after an EF-3 tornado touched down Wednesday.