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Storm causes damage in Welsh and DeQuincy

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Severe thunderstorms early Friday morning damaged structures and knocked down trees, in one case killing a family dog.

In a rural area near Welsh, strong winds rolled back the metal roof on Jerome Jackson's home. It happened about 8:30 a.m., and while no one was injured, Jackson says he has no insurance.

Further north in DeQuincy, chain saws hummed as residents dug out from under an avalanche of trees and limbs. Kendra Ewing says the storm was at its worst just after 7 a.m. 

"All you could see was black and trees everywhere, and so, I grabbed kids, and it was like whirling and making this crazy sound. So, I grabbed kids and put them in the dining room table and just started praying with them because they were all afraid," she said.

She says it happened so quickly. Then the sun came out. They discovered a tree fell on their kennel, killing the family dog.

"We're just really happy all of the humans are okay. It's sad that Cain's gone, but we're all okay, and that's really what matters the most," said Ewing.

The storm also caused extensive damage to their cars.

"Right now, we're just trying to get everything cleaned up so the insurance companies can come and get the vehicles and do their assessments," said Ewing.

Ewing's aunt, Margretta Rougeou, says they have a lot of work to do.

"A bunch of people they're coming with chain saws to cut the tree off my niece's vehicle, cause my niece's vehicle's got to go to the shop to get fixed. I got to get mine fixed. We gotta get all that cut off, we gotta get to the dog 'cause my nephew got on top of those logs and they can see the dog's head. It's gone. There ain't no savin' it," said Rougeou.

And so family members struggle to get through a trying and emotional day, thankful it wasn't any worse.

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