First look at possible tornado damage in Florence County
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:16:56 GMT —
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Residents were allowed back into the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Florence County this morning to see the damage to their homes for the first time since a storm hit Tuesday evening.
Tameka Holmes is one of those who lost everything. She just moved there recently with her two sons. She was able to save some clothing, but all her major appliances were destroyed. She was very emotional as she described how the damage is a setback for her. She said she's been homeless before, and she survived. She says her faith will pull her through.
Today is Breonna Sam's 21st birthday. She spent the morning staring at her mobile home, which had another home on top of it. Even though she lost everything she says she's worked so hard for, she's thankful to be alive.
Florence County's emergency preparedness team is on site helping residents and trying to estimate the damage.
A team from the National Weather Service arrived Wednesday morning to survey the damage and determine if it was a tornado that caused the damage.
The Red Cross is providing shelter, food and clothing for the residents. Linda Boone-Smith, with the Pee Dee Red Cross says this is one of the worst disasters they've responded to in a long time in Florence County.