Storms caused significant damage across southwest Virginia. Trees were knocked down in several areas across Smyth County and crews were scrambling to keep the roads safe.
Driving into Hungry Mother State Park was next to impossible Sunday morning thanks to the storms.
A big tree was more of a road block in Barry Blevins' front yard that came without warning. "You could just feel the pressure coming down. Then everything started twisting and I tried to get in the back door and there was so much pressure, the door wouldn't open," he said.
Blevins said it was a scary sight to see. "[It] blew through quick and it's just like it's twisting the trees instead of blowing them," he said.
Emergency crews were hard at work cutting and moving the big tree. Cars were bumper to bumper for some time as people tried to leave Hungry Mother State Park.
"All the rescue squads and fire departments are trying to clear the road and help VDOT out as much as they can," said Tim Cline with the Marion Lifesaving Crew.
But that wasn't the only tree that came toppling down; further down in the park brush was scattered in the road and it wasn't hard to find the aftermath.
Sara Harrington, Deputy Coordinator for Smyth County Emergency Management, said a storm swept through just after 11 Sunday morning. "The National Weather Service has told us we received a storm with straight line winds, winds in excess of 60 miles per hour," added Harrington.
Crews throughout the park were kept busy clearing the roads. "We have had reported damage of trees laying on four of our cabins. Luckily no one was hurt," said park manager Scott Bowen.
The hardest hit was Cabin 13. The folks staying in the cabin for the weekend had checked out before the storm hit. As a precaution park officials had turned power off at all the cabins.
The Freeman family was lucky and their cabin was tree -free, but a big tree fell close to their cabin. "I'm just glad it fell that way," said Donna Freeman.
Hungry Mother State Park was without power, phones, and internet and was also closed following the incident.
To check the park's status visit dcr.virginia.gov.