Sellersburg family thankful after storm breaks home's roof

Families weather the storms in Clark Co.

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Tree limbs were strewn on the ground and debris blocked off roads Wednesday morning. It was evidence of Mother Nature's invisible wrath, with gales ripping through Southern Indiana Wednesday morning.

"My son was upstairs studying," Tracy Hart, a Sellersburg woman, said. "That hole in the roof was his room, just right below that."

For Hart and her family, the full force of the storms can be seen. According to Hart, the high winds ripped off the limbs of a tree next to their home, smashing it into the roof of their house. 

"It fell on my car that I'd just gotten a week and a half ago, so [my husband] told me my car was totaled and not to get upset when I walked out and saw the whole front of the house," Hart said.

Hart said she received a phone call from her daughter around 6:30 a.m., waking up to a warning of a storm en route to their home. She gathered her family and headed to seek shelter in the pantry.

"All of a sudden the lights flickered. You could hear the tornado, hear the noise. The house shook," she said. "My kids were praying. I'd never heard them pray together before, so God does things for reasons." 

The storm lasted five minutes. No one was hurt. They made it out of the pantry shaken but uninjured. While the storm may have battered their home, Hart said it would not break their spirit. 

"We have each other," she said. "We have a very big family, and as long as love is there and we have each other, that's all that matters."

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