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Glenmary community comes together to assess damage after EF-1 tornado

Tony Cambron said an alert on his daughter's iPad led them to head to the basement when a tornado moved through the Glenmary area.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Fern Creek and Glenmary neighborhoods woke up Thursday morning to destruction across the community. The National Weather Service confirms that area saw an EF-1 tornado with 95 mph winds.

While there were thankfully no serious injuries or deaths reported, the storm caused damage to several homes in the Glenmary neighborhood.

Tony Cambron, a Fern Creek native, said his family was in the kitchen having dinner as the storm was approaching. He said his daughter got a Severe Thunderstorm Warning alert on her iPad and her reaction prompted him to take action.

"I could see the fear in my daughter's eyes just from that severe thunderstorm warning," he said. He gathered his wife and his two daughters and started to head toward their basement as a precaution.

If they had waited even a few minutes longer to get to safety, they may have been telling a different story Thursday.

"Halfway down the stairs is when my neighbor's deck ran into my kitchen where my kids were sitting," Cambron said.

He said it's a miracle that his family is okay. The roof of the home was ripped off and several windows were blown in. He also said the experience reminded him of how unpredictable severe weather can be.

"That bowl of ravioli is where my daughter was sitting last night," he said, pointing to a bowl sitting on the kitchen counter. "It was still there. I don't know how that's possible, but it was in that same exact spot when we came upstairs."

Now, the community works to rebuild, leaning on each other as they mourn what was lost and remain grateful for what wasn't.

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