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September 16, 2004

Dougherty County-- Hurricane Ivan spawned tornadoes around south Georgia. One twister touched down in southeast Dougherty County Thursday morning. It nearly blew away all Helen Parks has, but now she's counting her blessings.

Helen Parks had a plan when she first heard what sounded like a freight train headed for her home. "We came up through here and we got into this tub here," says Parks.

That's where Parks and her daughter waited this morning as a powerful twister wreaked havoc on her Gibson Road home in Dougherty County.

But when the rumbling wind stopped nothing could prepare her for what she found outside. "I opened this door and said 'Oh my God.'"

Powerful winds ripped off part of her garage and tossed tall trees all over her yard. One large tree came crashing on top of her home, and that wasn't all-- "I came out here and saw this and it was on my daughter's car and it was amazing to me. My car windows were knocked out and it was just devastating," says Parks.

Devastation that the Scaff Family was spared. They live on Spring Flats Road and they consider themselves lucky. "The trees didn't hit the house, didn't hit the vehicle so we consider ourselves lucky in that respect," says Wilma Scaff.

But both families agree they're just happy to have survived the twister and hope their homes will be spared any further damage from Ivan.

There were no injures reported in connection with the twister.

posted at 5:15PM by dave.miller@walb.com