Homes, churches suffer severe storm damage in southern Caldwell County

- Crews are working around the clock to get the power back up and running for many residents of Caldwell County, but it will take weeks for people living in the hardest hit area, along Mount Herman Rd. to fix the damage.

"We were terrified. We were really terrified," said Isaac Bush. "We were just real lucky to be alive."

A tree came crashing down right where Bush and his dad had been standing just seconds after they ran into the basement.

"As soon as we got in the basement all the doors, windows, blew in, it was crazy. It got dark, you know it was loud, and it was over just like that,” he said.

They saw the sky through the ceiling, knowing their house was destroyed.

"Our formal living room has branches going through the roof from the branches going through, walls are knocked down. Pretty much half the house is gone."

The steeple at Refuge Missionary Church along the same road was blown off.

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Across the street at East Hudson Baptist, a roof crashed down on the pastor's car. Arta Hall ran to her basement when she saw a black cloud and is thankful they made it out alive.

"I believe the trees protected the house because on out through there there's all kinds of damage. There's tin laying across phone lines and stuff like that and I believe it come right across here and right up through there,” she said.

The homes James Smith was born in was hit by trees. The roof, shed, and barn were all damaged, but he said his sisters old house was worse.

"It tore the roof off of it, tore brick off the front of the house, and drug the roof across the top of the house and threw it down on a car that they had parked in the back of the house,” he said.

A lot of cleaning up for a day that many here thought would never come. You can see aerial shots of the area below, or by clicking here

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