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Poyner residents picking up after the storm

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POYNOR, TX (KLTV) - The path of storm destruction cut through Henderson County, taking its toll on seven homes.  

"The main thing is my kids and my husband are here and I'm here," said April Baucom, whose home was severely damaged. "Everything else can be replaced."

The Baucom home must be replaced, but the family escaped unharmed.

"Were you scared?" I asked Kevin Baucom. 

"You didn't have time to be scared," he replied.

The wind picked up and 10 seconds later, mom, dad, and four boys took cover in the bathtub.

"I just prayed to the good Lord that I wasn't going to be sucked out," said Kevin Baucom.

"We heard trees hitting the windows, we heard windows busting, we heard the roof go off, we heard shingles [and] we heard the bricks hitting the concrete in the living room," said April Baucom.

"I thought the tornadoes were going to pick up the house and throw it somewhere," said Matthew Baucom, 8.

But, the walls stood. There was silence, and the family saw the destruction. When dark turned to light, they saw the full extent.

The tornado ripped the roof off the family room and scattered bricks all across the floor. The only thing left standing in its place was an angel on the mantle.

"I just started crying because it's unbelievable to know that it's gone now and we are going to have to start over," said Baucom.

They are not the only ones that will start over. Just a few miles down the road, the parsonage behind Poynor Church of Christ lies in ruins. A tree in the front and the back wall and roof torn off. Leaving the community picking up pieces.

The Henderson County sheriff said that, fortunately, there were no injuries from this storm.

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