Thursday night storms knock out power and bring down trees across Tri-State | News
Many residents woke up to storm damage in northern Vanderburgh County.
Several trees were knocked down and some homes, damaged. Still, as 14 News found out, those homeowners say they feel very fortunate.
It was around 10:00 p.m. when the storm rolled through northern Vanderburgh County.
"It was getting really bad outside. I got up and the power went out. It sounded like two trains going right over the top of the house. I ran for cover, put a mattress over me and did a lot of praying real quick," said Jim Batey, whose home was damaged in the storm.
The winds damaged Jim's brand new roof, leaving the inside of this home exposed to the elements.
"It started raining inside the house. I just held on and rode it out until I could get out of the house. The porch got ripped off the front of the house and it flew behind my house through a field and hit my neighbor's house about 80 yards away in their kitchen window."
Terri Rogers lives about a mile from Jim on Old State Road.
She says the sounds of the storm startled her most.
"It sounded like it was hailing and I knew it wasn't hailing. It was just all these branches and the rain. It was scary. I wasn't sure what was happening but I knew it was bad. I didn't even want to look outside because I knew it was that bad."
She's lived in her house for 15 years and says she's never witnessed storm damage quite like this.
"We've had a lot of damage. Different trees have come down and different branches and branches from different trees and they've come down on the roof and stuff but never like this.
Residents in this area are surprised at how severe their damage is compared to other parts of the county.
They're just happy no one was hurt.
Crews spent the day working to clear debris and reopen roadways.
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