The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF1 tornado, with maximum wind speeds picking up to 95 mph, touched down in Columbia County Thursday morning.
"I was afraid to come home, afraid I didn't have a house," said Ruby Colson.
Colson is lucky her house didn't sustain major damage.
"Would you believe I wasn't here and I'm glad I wasn't here?" said Colson. But her sister was, and said she had no idea the tornado was even happening.
"The wind was blowing ferocious," said Lucille Coats.
Coats called her sister and told her to rush home, only for Colson to find broken pieces of siding from her house, scattered debris and a massive century-old tree snapped and toppled over.
"It's so big it will just have to stay there forever," said Colson.
That wasn't the worst of it all.
"This is where all that tin came from," said Colson. The roof of her barn was ripped off and sent across the pond and hundreds of yards away. One spot not touched by this storm is a small bush that's housing a little nest of baby mockingbirds.
"Thank the Lord nobody was hurt and we're all here to talk about it," said Colson.