– heavy winds uproot trees
Heavy winds accompanied by lightning, thunder and torrential rainfall Sunday morning created fear in many persons living along the Essequibo Coast.
The severe storm has resulted in damage to several homes, the uprooting of trees and a disruption in the electricity supply.
The freak storm lasted for almost 30 minutes, with intense rainfall. Vendors at the Suddie Market were seen scrambling to recover items offered for sale which were blown off stalls in the heavy winds.
Reports indicated that some wooden structures in a few communities collapsed during the storm, which started around 09:00h. Those who were driving at the time pulled over into safe areas until the storm passed.
Several farmers complained that their banana suckers as well as coconut plants were uprooted. One farmer from Golden Fleece said he lost several suckers. Persons are thankful that there were no serious injuries or lives lost during the freak storm.