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Suspected tornado damages dozens of homes in Volusia

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The American Red Cross is helping residents near Edgewater with whatever they need, after a suspected tornado damaged their manufactured home park.

People in Terra Mar Village are finding out how devastating mother nature can be. Metal debris is thrown everywhere.  It was a wind storm that took them by surprise. 

Allison Staley says her husband was inside their mobile home when it hit.  "He said a big oak tree came through our front living room and missed him and my dog by inches.  He's lucky to be alive!"

Emergency workers continue to access the situation but tell us that 10 homes had major damage and 20 had minor damage.  Some had their roofs torn off and electrical lines were down. 

Joanne Shaw says, "It's upsetting, because it's my daughter that lives here and there's a lot of damage to her home."

Rescuers kept people outside, concerned others could get injured by downed trees and power lines.  It was frustrating for many residents wanting to go back to their homes.

Meanwhile, Allison patiently waits to see her husband. "Right now, I'd just like to get to my home."

She realizes she won't be sleeping in her own bed tonight, saying there will be "a lot of praying and probably go to a motel."  But despite the damage, she said she knows what's truly important.  "The good Lord blessed us with our lives, and we can move on, and this too shall pass.  Life isn't about what happens to you, life's about how you handle what happens to you."

Rescuers are concerned that more bad weather will occur.  Crews plan to work throughout the night to make repairs and restore power.


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