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Family picks up pieces after storm destroys home

A possible tornado Sunday caused widespread damage across the rural community.

Posted: Nov. 5, 2017 10:51 PM
Updated: Nov. 6, 2017 9:20 AM

JAY COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - Jay County Sheriff Dwane Ford is warning people to stay home, or they will be ticketed.

A possible tornado Sunday caused widespread damage across the rural community.

There's nothing left of a home on County Road 500W.

"I'm very grateful to all of them," says Allen Walter, whose home was destroyed in the storm.

Family and friends were helping sort the debris in the field across the road, saving what could be saved.

"I could not believe how the thing was totally destroyed, completely demolished," says Walter. "It was unreal."

Walter's daughter and her friend were the only ones home when the storm hit. He said they saw debris in the field and went to a ditch down the road.

"The saw the tornado come through and actually hit right in the center through the house."

He's thankful they were able to get out of the house, especially since he wasn't home.

"I usually don't leave my home and today we happened to be gone. It was amazing."

All of them got out safely. However, not all of the Walters' pets made it.

Allen says they found one of their dogs dead in the debris.

"[We're] just blessed that God has protected all of the rest of the family."

The National Weather Service will survey the damage across Jay County Monday to determine if a tornado actually touched the ground.

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