Cleanup efforts underway from Friday’s storm

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – “When we came around the corner and saw the tree on the house, we were a little taken back,” Marie Armstrong said.

Traumatic is the word she uses to describe her family’s experience during Friday’s storm.

“They were already hysterical in the car because the hail was hitting the van so hard,” Armstrong stressed.

And when they saw a massive tree had fallen on the roof of their home, they thought the worst.

“We had assumed it had gone through the window because of the way it looked but we were fortunate that it did not,” she said.

Armstrong says today she feels touched by an angel.

“That room is my daughter’s bedroom so I was just grateful that we weren’t here and that it didn’t…it was inches, the limb was just inches from breaking through the glass,” she stated.

And the Armstrong’s aren’t the only ones left with a mess after the storm.

“It appears the wind took down this big limb on one of their trees and caused quite a bit of damage to the tree and we’re cleaning up for it,” Tom Birkenhauer stated.

Many spent the day cleaning up tree branches, limbs and reflecting on the intense storm.

“It’s pretty traumatic to watch these leaves or the limbs come out of the trees and to have that hail hit like it did…nothing I’ve seen before and we’ve been here for over 20 years,” Neighbor Eric Brogan mentioned.

And even though these homeowners are also dealing with a power outage on top of the debris, they haven’t lost hope.

“We’re not frustrated, everybody’s chipping in, neighbors helping each other…it’s a pretty happy atmosphere given all the damage that we had,” Brogan said.

“We’re very fortunate that it doesn’t appear to be any major damage and we weren’t home and no one was hurt so we’re thankful for that,” Armstrong gladly stated.

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