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9/5/07-Wood County

Residents Say Tornado Ripped Through Their Area

Caught completely off-guard, an East Texas mother says she awoke Wednesday afternoon to what she can only describe as a tornado. Residents of a mobile home park on County Road 2632 in Wood County said a small tornado ripped through their area Wednesday.  One of the residents we spoke with said she feels lucky she and her baby daughter are alive.

Tree limbs all around, toys thrown about, the roof in shreds--it's all damage showing exactly what this East Texas mother and her baby awoke to.

"I covered her up and then I saw things flying, and I didn't know what was going on, I was still half asleep and I heard wind blowing," said Ginger Page.

She was taking a nap at the time, but she says the storm was so strong, she was literally thrown to the ground, not knowing what was going on.

"After it was all over with, I looked at the bedroom, and the dresser was on the bed where we were laying.  So it must have happened just as we got out of the bed, so I'm glad that we did get up and get in the hallway," she said.

Neighbors say it was a tornado that ripped through their area, lifting the trailer home off of its foundation.

"It moved it a good ways.  Every one of the tie downs either pulled out of the ground or broke, so there was a lot of force there," said Joe Adams, neighbor and grandfather.

Cinder blocks show where the trailer used to sit, now at a 45 degree angle.

"That was a relief to find out that no one was hurt, and that it didn't turn over.  If it turned over, someone probably would have been hurt," he said.

Everyone was amazed at the power of Mother Nature, bringing no warning and seemingly hand-picking the trailer home as its innocent target.

"The roof's like way down there and we had a big grill and I think it's way down there too," said Donna Smith, Ginger's mother-in-law.

KLTV 7's Doppler Radar indicated some rotation in the area, but we won't know if indeed it was a tornado until the National Weather Service starts their investigation Thursday.

Tracy Watler/Reporting:

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