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Sudden storm shatters Tishomingo home

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A Friday night storm causes a tree to fall on a Tishomingo home (KTEN) A Friday night storm causes a tree to fall on a Tishomingo home (KTEN)
Friends and family help a Tishomingo couple after a Friday night storm destroys their home (KTEN) Friends and family help a Tishomingo couple after a Friday night storm destroys their home (KTEN)
"If it had been even just an hour later, time for everyone to be in bed, the outcome would have been completely different from this disaster that we've had," said Ashlee Wells, owner of the home lost in a Tishomingo storm (KTEN) "If it had been even just an hour later, time for everyone to be in bed, the outcome would have been completely different from this disaster that we've had," said Ashlee Wells, owner of the home lost in a Tishomingo storm (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- A Tishomingo family's home was seriously damaged by a Friday night storm.

"If it had been even just an hour later -- time for everyone to go to bed -- the outcome would have been completely different," said Ashley Wells, whose home was completely destroyed in the Friday night storms.

"We couldn't hear any rain or anything," said Charles Jewell, Wells' brother. "All of a sudden it just started getting really loud, and within seconds there was a big snap."

Jewell was with his brother-in-law Rickee Wells when the storm hit.

"The tree fell, and at that point I didn't think there was major damage," he said. "I just saw a crack in our ceiling, but then we went behind the house and that's when we noticed the run of the damage.

The National Weather Service said the cause of the damage appears to be winds strong enough to uproot the tree in the Wells' backyard. 

Family members tried to evaluate the extent of the damage on Friday night, but because it was dark and still raining, they weren't able to see just how bad it was. 

On Saturday morning, friends and family returned to help with cleanup efforts. 

"We're just cutting the tree limbs up and getting it out of the way", said Zach Wells, Rickee's brother. "We can't get on the roof because it's probably still unstable."

While Rickee and Ashley's family worked on the outside with cleanup efforts, the couple went inside to survey the damage. 

"At its current state, we can't live in it," Rickee Wells said. "There's a huge hole in our bedroom, a tree is sticking into my sons room and there's sheet rock everywhere."

Although the home appears to be a total loss, the couple said they're leaning on the support of their friends, family and community to get them through. 

"I know we have enough people who support us and love us, that we'll make it through," Ashlee Wells said.

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