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Close Call For Pike County Man

We take you first to what's left of the home of Mike Branham.
He was getting ready for bed when the storms moved through Pike County Tuesday night.

"I heard some hail balls falling, and I was going to go out and cover the windshield on my pickup," said Branham.

But before he could make it to the door...

"The first tree come through the house. And I realized that trees were falling on the house," said Branham.

As Branham was making his way through the living room, a massive tree came through his roof causing him to take cover between the couch and the coffee table.

"Took shelter there, grabbed the pillows and stuff and put them over my head. And then when I realized that it was, exactly what was going on, it seems like that's when the fear really kicked in," said Branham.

Even though his home is destroyed, he was able to carry out some important belongings.

Branham's fiance didn't see the damage until later and was overwhelmed.

"If something would've happened to him, I mean, I believe to my soul that I would've died," said Sherry Spears.

Miles away, a familiar scene of destruction, this time at a school.
The New Hope Christian Academy lost the majority of it's roof during the storms.

"We are now having to relocate temporarily into a local church over here, it's about a couple miles away," said Principal Terry Lykins.

New Hope's sixty students will have the rest of the week off.
Lykins says he hopes the seven seniors will be able to finish the school year in the building.

He says the school is in need of school supplies for teachers and students. If you would like to donate any items to the school, call 606-297-7323 or 606-297-7729.


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