LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - Trees were twisted and snapped, roofs damaged, huge oaks torn out of the ground by the roots, in a storm that took Wood and Smith County homeowners by surprise.
"I don't know why but I thought, 'It'll blow over. We've had winds before.' We looked out the window and saw all of this damage," said Wood County homeowner Frank Chandler.
"All the trees seemed to be leaning in the same direction, which tends to point to straight line winds of something along that line," said storm damage victim Randy Martin.
What started as rain suddenly became much more.
"Well, I saw the wind coming out of the north first and the pine trees started to move real hard and it broke the limbs off of them," Chandler said.
Tons of wood toppled onto Martin's home.
"My son was here by himself, but the way he described it, he said the wind picked up and the next thing he knew he heard this big loud thud or crash," said Martin.
Chandler says he knew something was wrong when the rain began to blow sideways.
"You could feel the wind and the rain was coming flat," he said. "You could definitely feel it."
In spite of it all, homeowners consider themselves fortunate.
"This is just a house it can be repaired," Martin said.
"We weren't necessarily lucky but it could have been a whole lot worse," Chandler said.