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Residents begin cleanup after tornado

2 years ago December 11, 2012 Dec 11, 2012 Tuesday, December 11 2012 Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:16:28 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BAKER - Residents spent the day assessing damage and cleaning up their properties following a tornado that tore through parts of Alsen and Baker.

Carey Lee and some of his neighbors told News 2 they only had seconds to react when they heard the sound of a train.

"I saw the a-c get sucked out of the window and then I looked back up and seen the tin moving off my garage," Lee said.  "I took off running for the ditch."

The tornado cut a path of destruction from US-61 to ONeal Road, according to the National Weather Service.  Trees snapped in half, rooftops were torn to shreds and car windows blew out.

Michael Brown doesn't have a home to fix.  The tornado completely left his house roofless.

"I was asleep and I didn't know what was going on," Brown said.  "It felt like a train was coming through the home."

Brown's neighbor immediately rushed over to help him.

"I saw the tornado hit the top of his house," Robert Robison said.  "I slammed my front door shut and held on to it and it was vibrating."

Although many of the neighbors spent the day cleaning up and trying to salvage what they could, they are grateful because they know it could have been much worse.

"Nobody got seriously hurt which was the good thing," James Washington said.  "You can replace everything else but you've got your life."

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