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Tornado tears through Clyattville

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February 26, 2008

Clyattville - Many people in southern Lowndes County are still without power because of the storms.

The southern part of the county took the biggest hit with uprooted trees and downed power lines.

People in Clyattville think a tornado hit their town.   Mollie Danner was home sick when she heard the tornado.  "It was sort of a roar, but it was just so many twisting and screeching and I think it was pine limbs twisting."

It sent a massive pine tree crashing into her Clyattville home.  "One of our huge pine trees fell across our two end bedrooms and the front bath and porch," she says.

Her home was hit the worst, but the church where she preaches wasn't much better. 

Uprooted trees knocked holes in the roof, flooding the inside with water.  "Our organ is wet and our pews are cloth and our carpet in the sanctuary and all the ceiling tiles are wet and beginning to get heavy like there might be water in them."

The Clyattville United Methodist Church is just one of nearly 30 areas around the county damaged by the storm.

"Some of these are trees across roads, trees that are just in the right of way that may pose a danger.  We do have more trees on homes then we would like but as I said before, we have not had any injuries reported," says Paige Dukes of the Lowndes County Commission Office.

But as more people come home, that number could climb.  "Probably through tomorrow as people get home from work tonight, there will probably be some damage that needs to be assessed but hopefully by the end of the week we'll be done," Dukes adds.

Despite the mess, Danner says the storm won't rain on her Sunday services.  "Oh!  There will be church on Sunday!  Even if it's outside."

She'll now team up with the rest of the town to clean-up the mess and move on.

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