Residents in Sneads Florida are picking up the pieces Sunday morning after a storm hit Saturday night.
In its path was a neighborhood and Sneads Elementary School.
Even though one of the neighborhoods seemed to be in shreds, the residents there say they feel blessed.
"I was riding my 4-wheeler and I was trying to get home before the rain hit me. But it kind of caught me and I was coming home when it picked my 4-wheeler up in the air for like a second or two and it put me back down,” said resident Adrian Robinson, “ I said ‘Thank you Lord’ and I came on back to the house."
"I talked to the neighbors they said it came up right quick. It was all of a sudden you know, bam, says resident Charlie Lee.
That storm had these neighbors out with chainsaws Sunday morning clearing damage.
The storm brushed by the elementary school and then through the yards of this neighborhood taking down trees awnings and sheds in its path.
The elementary school lost a strip of eave off the roof and had several trees down, but there was no structural damage to classrooms.
"It looks like it jumped those busses and went to a huge oak tree that we have in the back. It could have easily hit those busses,” says Cheryl McDaniel, the Sneads Elementary School Principal. “With all the things that were blown around I'm amazed there were no windows broken. We were very blessed. Anywhere that it could have caused damage it missed.”
Down the street, the Lee's weren't as lucky.
Their carport collapsed on top of their car and an outdoor patio would be unrecognizable if it weren’t for the table and chairs still left standing.
Charlie Lee says, "We’re luckily it didn't hit the house so that's a good thing. The tree didn't fall on the house, it just fell on the edge there."
Others felt fortunate to only be cutting down trees and picking up a few shingles.
The community has come together to help one another.
Also, the principal at Sneads Elementary told News 4 she's already making plans to plant a new tree to replace the one they lost out front this coming Arbor Day.
Crews finished clearing debris at Sneads Elementary Sunday afternoon so classes will go on as scheduled Monday morning.
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