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Six months later: Storm survivor revisits damaged home for the first time

Until Wednesday, Latrice Mack had not been back to her home in Dougherty County since a few days after a tornado. (Source: WALB) Until Wednesday, Latrice Mack had not been back to her home in Dougherty County since a few days after a tornado. (Source: WALB)
She and her family returned to the home they rented on Heartland Drive Wednesday. (Source: WALB) She and her family returned to the home they rented on Heartland Drive Wednesday. (Source: WALB)
Her husband saw the tornado coming that afternoon. (Source: WALB) Her husband saw the tornado coming that afternoon. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

A little more than six months ago, three deadly rounds of storms ravaged South Georgia.

Until Wednesday, Latrice Mack had not been back to her home in Dougherty County since a few days after a tornado blew through.

"It was an experience I'll never forget," Mack said. "I know that."

She and her family returned to the home they rented on Heartland Drive Wednesday.

They had moved in around two months before that fateful day, January 22.

"We were grateful to be on our own, finally," Mack said of the home.

Now, it's a building with a completely different meaning.

"I don't even want to imagine how it looks on the inside," Mack said as she walked into the screened-in front porch.

She described Sunday, January 22 as a normal Sunday morning.

Her husband saw the tornado coming that afternoon.

"He ran in the house and said, 'get in the closet, get in the closet.'"

That's where Mack huddled with her daughters and husband as the storm hit.

"We just heard, 'boom boom boom boom, loud noise,' and we heard the rain. It just got pitch dark," she said. "The only rooms that got untouched was the closet and our bedrooms. Every other thing, it was collapsed in."

No one was hurt, but the family had to move out of the home into another area of Dougherty County.

Six months later, Mack said she owes their survival to her faith.

"I leave that to God. He just wrapped his arm around us and protected us," Mack said.

She said she thinks the storm has been harder on her husband than her daughters, but she says they're moving forward well.

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