TWIGGS COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Twiggs County property owner is picking up the pieces after an EF-1 tornado tore through his mobile home this morning.
No one lived inside.
“My first reaction was (sighs) that was close,” Frank Freeman said.
He’s happy didn’t get any worse.
The retiree’s house is a few yards away from where a tornado swept through his property destroying a mobile home he sometimes rents out.
“I’ve been living out here for over 20 years right on this spot and this is the closest anything has ever came to me,” Freeman said.
He and his wife, Sue, heard rattling early Monday morning — and didn’t know the building where memories and old pictures used to be was turned upside down.
“Somehow it came right between my house and the other house back through here and all it got was this and just a few minor things, but it tore this up pretty bad,” Freeman said.
The property, that’s home to goats, horses, rabbits, and even chickens — is mangled.
Freeman says all of the mobile home is destroyed from the storm damage. He says no one has lived here for the last several years, but he is looking for something of importance — a toy chest that belonged to one his kids.
“Lucky that it didn’t come 50 yards further down the road and hit my house,” Freeman said.
Power crews along with Twiggs County emergency management services were on the scene assessing the damage —
Freeman says the home, used to be a place for storage, now the twisted metal, shattered glass, and broken wood is no more.
“I’ve lived through a few tornadoes in other places, typhoons and stuff like that, but no not that close to me,” Freeman said.
He’s still is in good spirits, hoping to clean up and move on with the property.
“…a huge bonfire. Bring your marshmallows and your weenies and come on that’s all I can do,” Freeman said.
None of the animals were hurt — Freeman moved his horses prior to the storm. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado ripped through just that part of the county. Freeman says he’s happy to be alive.