Lantana Community Nailed by Tuesday Storm

Hail and High Winds Damage Hundreds of Homes

By Sara Story
|  Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011  |  Updated 9:51 AM CDT
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Lantana Community Nailed by Tuesday Storm

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North Saginaw, Texas looking west.

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The Lantana community was nailed by hail and high winds Tuesday morning. Residents said they woke up to the sound of hail slamming against their windows and roofs.

"It sounded like people had picked up a handful of golf balls and were throwing them at my house," Lantana resident Lydia Erwin said.

Erwin and her four kids were sound asleep when the storm struck.

"I figured, oh, it will just pass. But, when we started hearing breaking glass, that's when it really started to get alarming," Erwin said. "When it finally stopped and we left the kids in the bedroom and took a look at the damage, there was ping pong-sized hail in the house, eight feet away from where the windows broke."

Her Lantana home was one of hundreds in the community that were damaged by the storm, and she was left cleaning up the mess on Tuesday.

"The gutters are dented. The roof is damaged. The pool in the backyard is full of leaves. The front door is dented and chipped," Erwin said.

Clean up crews and storm damage surveyors were in the area Tuesday looking at the mess.

"We are glad for the storms, but other people aren't because their windows are broken. But, it keeps us busy," Heath Thomas Beener with 24 Hours Glass and Door said.  "Pretty much every other house has a broken window. If not, the whole street has broken windows."

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