Whitemarsh Island residents cleaning up after Friday's tornado

Updated: Jul. 28, 2018 at 5:16 PM EDT
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WHITEMARSH ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - It was cleanup central Saturday morning on several neighborhood streets just off Highway 80 on Whitemarsh Island.

Larry and Pat North have called Wilma Street home for over four decades. Larry says he was on his deck when he spotted Friday's tornado.

"It really looked bad. I thought it was just downtown, but then it started coming and then swirling," Larry said.

He decided to head inside the house and before he knew it, the storm was right in his yard.

"As I was going through, I thought it knocked the window out. Because I saw it crashing and everything," Larry said.

But that wasn't the sound of a broken window, it was parts of the couple's roof being pulled off.

"It didn't last long, the whole thing didn't last long," Larry said.

After the storm, down trees and power lines covered the road. One resident's roof was found covering another neighbor's white truck.

"You always see it on the news and you say, 'Wow, what we would do?' And in this case, we move on and tomorrow is another day," Larry said.

Despite so much damage in this residential area, Larry says those living on the island are in good spirits.

"I guess we have such a good deal down here, so nobody minds fixing it back up. It's not an issue, so nobody is panicking," Larry said.

The couple plans to talk to their insurance company to discuss the next step. As for the time being, they'll live inside their motorhome.

"I've been here 46 years. I won't be here for another 46 years, but I'd like to be here for another 6 years," Larry said.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross arrived to Whitemarsh Island Saturday to help the affected families.

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