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Roof in Limestone Co. crushes cars during storm

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One of the top parts of a building was bent like a sliding V. Crews spent the day examining the roof as residents tried to pick up the pieces. One of the top parts of a building was bent like a sliding V. Crews spent the day examining the roof as residents tried to pick up the pieces.
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Bay Pointe Condominium Complex in West Limestone County took a direct hit from the storm. Part of the roof came off and destroyed several vehicles. The condos sit feet away from the Tennessee River.

The roof flew hundreds of feet in the air before crashing down and flattening the vehicles. The debris was scattered for more than a hundred feet and went all the way to a nearby marina. An SUV and car were flattened like pancakes. People who lived there said they had little warning when the storm hit Thursday night.

"I couldn't get off the couch," said Sara Duren, a victim of the storm. "It was just unreal, but then the water came in through the door."

Duren and the rest of her neighbors were assessing the damage. She said while two vehicles were a complete loss in the parking lot, others had minor dents and dings. She said most of her neighbors also had water damage from the wind sending it from the Tennessee River and into their back doors.

"We heard debris and you're just stunned," said Duren as she recalled the events. "You just have to stand there for a moment to see what's happening."

One of the top parts of a building was bent like a sliding V. Crews spent the day examining the roof as residents tried to pick up the pieces.

Storm victim Hermas Jones said he didn't know how long it would take to clean up his property, as it was hit head on by the storm. His property sat on Wright Road. Authorities said that was one of the hardest hit areas in Limestone County. Jones said strong wind launched one of his buildings through the air like a missile.

"It's destroyed and the trailer is damaged pretty bad," said Jones. "It knocked plumb off the blocks and knocked the end out of it."

His neighbors all pitched in to help because his property was in such bad shape. He was still going through everything in the trailer and the multiple out-buildings. Nearly everything inside of them was scattered across his property. That was something he didn't realize until he woke up Friday morning.

An Athens Utilities spokesperson said the power wouldn't be restored in the Blue Springs area until the weekend because of the extensive damage in Clements. The storm snapped power poles like toothpicks.

Jennifer McCoy said she's never gone through anything like the severe storms Thursday night. She and her daughter also spent Friday cleaning up. Some of their windows shattered and multiple trees snapped in their yard. Her patio furniture ended up across the street in Jimmy Nash's yard.

"It damaged the back of my sheds, " Nash said, "took all the tops of my trees, and it's done real bad damage to the top of my house."

A tree also fell on top of one of his vehicles, and the wind destroyed most of his fence. Nash said he'd just finished watching television when he peaked out the front door, and realized his family was in seriously trouble.

Both families said they would work through the weekend to assess the damage and clean everything up.

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