Darwyn Beck suffered a bloody nose after a huge tree fell onto his apartment unit caused by high winds. Beck's incident was one of at least 100 reported throughout Jefferson County as a result of severe weather Sunday night.
Darwyn Beck suffered a bloody nose after a huge tree fell onto his apartment unit caused by high winds. Beck’s incident was one of at least 100 reported throughout Jefferson County as a result of severe weather Sunday night.
“That big oak fell in on the roof,” said Beck who was watching television at the time. “It knocked me out of bed. I don’t even remember it doing it, but it did because I was on the floor and my nose was bleeding real bad.”
On Sunday night, heavy rains coupled with straight line winds caused more than 128, 000 residents across Arkansas to lose electricity. According to Entergy Arkansas, severe thunderstorms knocked 41 distribution substations and 37 transmission lines out of service. The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management reported damages to homes and structures in at least 12 counties.
“… I was trying to get down, because I figured that big oak as big as it was would cave in and catch me in there and crush me more or less,” Beck said. “But, I got downstairs and I worked my way into what I called my washroom and I put on some clothes down there and I called 911 and the fire department to report it.”
Beck, a retired U.S. Air Force Veteran, moved into the apartment complex now owned by The Property Shop back in 1991. Prior to Sunday, he admitted to never experiencing anything quite like what he endured that evening.
“It’s an experience I don’t want to do again,” he said. “But, I will understand other people’s stories, now, that’s been through storms and tornados. I’ll understand.”
Weaver’s Tree Services quickly removed the fallen tree from the apartment located in the 4200 block of South Cherry Street Monday afternoon and covered the roof with tarp. The Pine Bluff Commercial reached out to the rental property, but didn’t receive a response by press time.
“It’s quite a bit of damage outside from what you can see,” said Beck as he watched workers removed the tree from his unit. “But, really, I was lucky. I only lost a desk and a chair as far as anything big and anything else would be small.”
Beck who believes the gust of winds was linked to a tornado admits seeing the aftermath was surreal. “It just unbelievable what it can do to take your home or business or anything else in your life in just a matter of seconds if you’re not careful,” he said. “God was watching out and I told Him He was after that. I told Him, ‘I can live with that nose bleed’.”