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CEMA: Possible tornado touched down in The Landings

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

According to CEMA Director Dennis Jones, crews believe a tornado touched down in The Landings in the early morning hours of Friday. 

We are told that over a dozen homes were damaged - most of them in the Marshwood section, which is in the older part of the gated community. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, but the damage is very consistent with what you would see from a tornado - spawned by Hermine. 

"So, it's kind of interesting. I'm from Illinois, so tornadoes aren't something...I'm aware of them," said Tom Woiwode.

He's much more aware now, following a frightening wake-up call for Tom and many of his neighbors, just after 5 a.m. Friday morning. 

"And there was a rumbling sound. The house was kind of vibrating," Woiwode said. 

"I wake up to a high pitch whine I assumed was from wind, but it was like something I've never heard before," said Robert Bateman. During that, we had significant crashes going on around us, and looking out my front door, there was no clear path out of my house. I had lost the front of my house, so when we were able to exit the building it was pitch black, and my neighbors were already out on the walk already, and they had lost their roofs and had significant damage to their home."

Outside, the damage is quite evident. A number of roofs ripped from houses and trees snapped. While we won't know if this officially was a tornado until a National Weather Service crew gets on the scene Saturday, it certainly has all the indications that it was.  

"Everything else us seems to be fine except for one little pocket of trees, so it just kind of happened and then it was over before we knew it. So, we got lucky," Woiwode said. 

Again, no injuries were reported, but quite a few Landings residents are dealing with damage from the possible tornado. 

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