Funeral kept owner from farm during tornado

Funeral kept owner from farm during tornado

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by Anne Yeager

kgw.com

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 15 at 2:56 PM

A tornado ripped through a farm near Aumsville Tuesday, tearing two barns apart.

The winds threw pieces of wood and aluminum and an oak tree was pulled from its roots. It twisted up a John Deere tractor twisted, a trailer upside down, but the home on the property was untouched.

Phillis Hendricks has lived there for 30 years -- but she wasn't there when the storm hit -- she was in Portland at her brother's funeral.

Hendricks said she was convinced that it was God who spared her home and her family. Hendricks explained she was heart broken coming over the hill and seeing the 100-year-old oak tree uprooted.

She said it’s her family that has kept her going.

"I ran inside cause I saw the storm coming," her grandson Brandon Hendricks said. "I ducked in the couch and all I saw was the barns flying into the trees."

No one on the property was hurt.

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