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Storms rip through Chambers County, destroying home

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

Friday night's storms tore through the Midwest and Southeast, destroying everything in its path.

Billy Mann and his wife have lived in their Chambers County home for forty years. "It was terrible. In three minutes, everything we worked for, for forty years is gone," said Mann.

The storm hit their home around twelve in the morning, waking his family. They were able to get to their safe place just before the storm took out its fury, on his home.

"When it hit, glass, tin and trees [were] falling. The house was moving. We didn't know if we were going to make it," recalled Mann.

But his family did make it, and with the help of friends and neighbors they began the process of cleaning it all up.

"It feels great, for people to come help; all my family and people that's stood by us."

Remnants of Billy's property were scattered all over his and his neighbors land. "[I lost] a barn up here with all my hay, and cattle in it. And, I had one cow to get killed. Every out building I had was completely destroyed."

Every window in his home was blown out, the roof was damaged, and the porch was ripped off. Many pieces of the barn's roof were wrapped around his neighbor Richard's tree.

"You heard the story, if you hear a train coming, well we head the train and it's not a good sound," said neighbor Richard Slay.

Luckily, Richard's house was spared but his brand new barn was ripped to shreds. He says he's lived here his entire life, and he's never seen anything like this before. Through it all, he still finds time to count his blessings.

"We're okay. We can build back. I have called the man that built my barn, and I told him I needed another one," said Slay.

Chambers County Emergency Management Agency says the 11.5 mile tornado track left one home completely destroyed, and fifteen others with moderate to major damage.

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