Tornado Destroys Home

1 decade 4 years 1 week ago Friday, March 31 2006 Mar 31, 2006 Friday, March 31, 2006 4:42:34 PM CST March 31, 2006 in News

The tornado that hit the Crabtree family's mobile home picked up a van, spun it around and dropped it 15 feet away. Their garage is in splinters and they have at least 10 vehicles with extensive storm damage.

But despite the damage, the Crabtrees feel fortunate to have lost only replaceable things. When the tornado hit her family's home, Erica Crabtree was safe downtown.

"We got a phone call from my dad," she said. "We were getting ready to leave the office and he said for us to not even come home at that moment because they said that they got hit, and my heart sunk."

But, not everyone at the Crabtree home had a warning.

"I was underneath my Ranger in the shop working and, next thing I know, electricity goes out. And then I come out from underneath it and, I don't know if you can hear the train or not, but that's what it sounded like," recalled Tony Capraro. "As soon as I got to the door, glass just started shattering. And we all bailed into the closet in the bathroom."

"About the time that one boy hit the door, that's when the garage came over into the yard," Tony Crabtree added.

But all family members escaped without a scratch. Erica said her biggest casualty was "probably a stove, because I like to cook and it's kind of hard to not be able to."

And she found some additions in her bedroom.

"My windows are broken out and there's actually a squirrel cage fan right where my pillow is," she said.

The Crabtrees say the tornadoes that hit the town earlier in March also damaged their downtown business. Power is still out in the area, so the family is using a generator while electric crews fix the lines.

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