Hours into the clean up and Ralph and Debbie Richmond had barely made a dent in the debris that covers their back yard on Brittany Lane in Warren. A strong thunderstorm tore through their neighborhood Tuesday afternoon bringing rain, hail, and strong winds. The severe weather left a trail of devastation in it's wake.
"This is destroying me," said Ralph Richmond. "You work so hard for so many years and now its all gone."
Many residents thought they had gone through a tornado, but The National Weather Service in Taunton tells ABC6 News that the damage was caused by straight line winds, or a microbusrt. The storm only lasted a few minuets, but the damage was significant.
"Now it's cleanup, chop up, and lots of wood for the fire pit this winter and fall," said Alphonse Leite who spent the afternoon sawing tree limbs from the front yard of his parents home on Market St.
Some neighbors suffered damage to their homes and cars. A nearby historical cemetery dating back to the 1700's was also caught up in Mother Nature's wrath.
"It doesn't look like there are any stones broken, which is good, but of course we wont know until we get under the trees," said Judy Fardig of the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission.
The clean up will be both costly and time consuming. Some residents say this is the worst storm they've ever seen in the area.
"After Sandy and the Blizzard it took us about 6 months to clean up. This is like one hundred times worse," said Richmond.