South Plains Storms Rip Roof Off of Family's Home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/06

South Plains Storms Rip Roof Off of Family's Home

In Shallowater, strong winds ripped off the roof of one family's mobile home.  The scariest part, they were still inside when it happened.  

Home owner Heather Taylor says she used to enjoy mild storms.  "I used to love when they came; I'm just scared of the wind now," said Taylor.  Taylor says nothing like this has ever happened to her home.  She's seen other buildings damaged, but this time it's different. 

"He thought it was a tornado," said Taylor about her son.  Taylor's children were all tucked into bed when the roof ripped off their home.  "The wind started blowing real hard, then a big, loud sound.  We started seeing everything blowing away, and then the roof came off," said Taylor. 

Thursday morning, Heather and her family saw the extent of the damage.  Part of their roof sits about 100 yards away, and insulation scattered across the ground.  "She's mad too."  "Oh yes, it took the lid to her sand box," said Taylor about her daughter.

Storms also damaged the family car.  A cinder block smashed right into the windshield.  Taylor says the good news is that no one was hurt during the damage, but the bad news is the family's home is uninsured.  "What are we going to do?  We don't know how to replace it," said Taylor. 

Thursday the family is staying with Taylor's father.

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