VIDEO: Albany man captures deadly tornado on camera

Updated: Jan. 24, 2017 at 3:33 PM EST
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Mike Leyse considers himself lucky.

Video Leyse shot on his GoPro captures the moment Sunday's storm launched trees on and into his Azalea Boulevard home.

"The video is just frightening. I can't imagine looking at that through the window," he said.

He and his wife huddled in the bathroom as the video rolled.

"We just heard a loud boom. I didn't think it had hit my house until I walked out and saw insulation in my hallway and I was going ga'lee," he said.

Several limbs pierced Leyse's roof like darts.

Friends and family members have helped the family tarp up the damaged home, while others are helping clear the fallen trees that scattered his front yard.

At this point, those tarps are just bandages- temporary fixes for what will be a long recovery process.

"We know it's going to be a long haul. We're going to have to move out and rebuild our house. If my wife can take it, I can take it," he said.

But Leyse and his family are counting their blessings.

"Compared to the other people down here, we have nothing. We can't be upset. They're a lot worse over there," he said.

Lucky and grateful- Leyse is moving forward. All with a frightening memory captured right on tape.

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