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Madison homeowner cleans up damage following weekend storms

MADISON, Ala. - One homeowner has a big mess to clean up after storms rolled through Madison early Sunday morning. A 60-foot pine tree fell on top of her workshop.

"It was literally like an explosion," explained Kathleen Lafayette.

It happened as the winds were howling around 2 a.m. Sunday.

"I had heard the noise, and next thing you know everyone was running into my master bedroom closet. And I told everybody to sit down. And I looked out the window to make sure nothing worse was happening and put the news channel on, your channel by the way, and made sure that nothing further was coming our way," said Lafayette.

After that she and her daughter went outside to check it out.

"We waited until everything calmed down, and we went out with flash lights to make sure nothing else got hit. We were very fortunate it didn't hit the house," she said.

Not only did it smash into the workshop where she restores furniture part-time, but it also tore down part of her fence.

She told us the tree is pretty heavy and will take weeks to clean up.

"The first thing we have to do is get the tree removed. There will be insurance calls and things like that. Then I'll have to get estimates on fixing the roof and getting my shop back in order. I'm not completely out of business because some smaller things I can do in the house or even in the garage," said Lafayette.

Lafayette said this is a perfect example of why we should all be weather aware. It's not just tornadoes we should be concerned about, as even thunderstorms can cause damage.

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