‘I was going to die’


Crew members are working to clean up in Henry County after a fallen tree crushed multiple mobile homes.

People there believe the tornado is coming through the Locust Grove community behind the Tanger Outlets and busy Interstate 75.

The sound of chainsaws filled the air in Locust Grove on Friday as many gathered to clear trees and debris.

The power of Thursday’s storm is evident as many trailer homes in the Indian Creek mobile home community have been damaged or destroyed.

“We heard the trees popping and clashing. We thought we were all gone,” Susie King said.

“I was going to die,” said Hugh Baker.

Photo: Severe storm damage in Georgia

People like Susie King and Hugh Baker who live in the area are grateful to be alive.

“A tree fell into our bedroom and it scared me and my dog,” said Baker.

Baker and his dog were the only people in the house when the storm came.

Several mobile homes were damaged in a powerful storm that hit Henry County on January 12, 2023. (Fox 5)

A tree crashes into his bedroom, knocking him to the floor.

“When it crushed the bedroom, it knocked me to the floor and we crawled into the bathroom and me and him got in the tub,” Baker said.

“I just kept saying, ‘May God be with me.’ Is that all you can do and my neighbors are okay?”

Suzie King lives just down the road. King was praying alone in the bathroom. Her house has roof damage, but it is minor compared to others in the area.

“I got up and went outside. This is here. Everyone was coming out of their homes and they were over everything they could see here. They broke into people’s homes and screamed.” King said.

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King described a scene where everyone is helping others right after the storm has passed.

“Behind this, three people were stuck in the bathroom. They came out of the first trailer and the whole time they heard people yelling, ‘Help! Help!'” I went up and got stuck in a tree,” said King.

On Friday, men and women of all backgrounds came together to help a stranger clean up.

King said it’s a testament to their community.

“Some people say bad things about mobile home parks. I don’t know where they live, but there are good people where we live,” King said.

The National Weather Service said it will travel to Butts, Henry, Newton, and Jasper counties on Saturday to assess the damage and determine whether the damage was caused by a tornado or a straight-line wind.


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