September 21, 2018 06:44 PM
Brady Melchert said his father was the only one home Thursday night when an EF2 tornado tore through their neighborhood on the edge of Morristown.
The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado Friday morning, as crews visited the area to survey the damage.
“He said he just heard booms and bangs and the house is gone pretty much,” Melchert said. “The whole kitchen, the whole roof's gone, ceiling and everything.”
In the darkness and after the storm passed, the family grabbed what they could salvage.
“Last night, I went through the house and got all the pictures before they got too wet,” Melchert said. “We got the main stuff.”
Their neighbors are in the same situation, as a dozen homes on their road are missing portions of the roofs or other walls. Trees and downed power lines created dangerous working conditions early Friday morning.
But Melchert was struck by how quickly other residents and community members came to their aid.
“We had probably 20, 25 people here last night just helping us get the roof covered and making sure my parents had a place to stay,” Melchert said. “Hopefully we can go help other people as soon as we're done."
Many are still without power. Emergency responders and aid organizations are set up at the Morristown Community Center to help residents in need.
Updated: September 21, 2018 06:44 PM
Created: September 21, 2018 05:27 PM
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