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Faces of the Storm: Ricardo & Debra Brown

Ricardo and Debra Brown had lived in their house on Mesena Road for 24 years when they saw it ripped apart in a matter of seconds. Mr. Brown said the storm's roar was similar to the sound of a train he had heard across the street a few moments earlier.

"I thought there's no way there could be another one coming, not two trains right behind another," he said.

Mrs. Brown said she was cooking when her husband yelled for her and their daughter to come to the hallway. Arguing that she couldn't leave the stove, Mrs. Brown said the urgency in her husband's voice convinced her to move quickly.

The next second, glass from the living room window was flying through the air and piercing the wall right where she had just stood.

"It sounded like the glass was eating up the house, like chewing up wood," Mrs. Brown said with a shutter as she recalled the incident the next morning.

The family was sheltered in their bathroom while the roof and ceilings were torn off of their brick ranch-style house. The front wall collapsed, and half of their two-car garage was gone.

"This ain't no way to get new furniture," Mrs. Brown's friend, Annie Bailey, said as she teased her the next day.

"Right now, I don't care. I'm still shook up," Mrs. Brown said, adding that she couldn't understand how her roof could be totally missing. "I've never seen anything like it in my life."

Web posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007

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