Lee County man loses family neighborhood in storm

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A Lee County man is among hundreds of people who lost everything in the deadly tornado that hit Lee County Sunday. 

Jeffery Rowles says all he can remember is running to rescue his nephew from his sister’s trailer in the storm. 

“I couldn’t remember anything but something big and white went across the back of me and that was my mom’s top. And then my nephew, the only thing I could remember about him was that he was in the house and he was soaking wet. It was a blessing from God that he got out before it started flipping,” Rowles says. 

And about five minutes later, it hit. 

“After I made it back to the porch.. all of it broke loose then,” he continued. 

Jeffery says he can’t even remember what the tornado sounded like. “I couldn’t make the sound out. Everybody said it sounded like a train but it didn’t sound like a train to me, sounded like the world was coming to an end to me,” Rowles says. 

Jeffrey lived in an area filled with family. Each immediate and secondary member lived no more than a few feet away, it’s been like that for decades.

“It’s been in the family.. all of our lives.. they used to call it the Rowell quarters,” he said. 

Thankfully, none of his family was killed in the storm but they lose everything.

“It was mad destruction. Everybody lost everything. I haven’t ever seen anything like this… in less than five minutes its destroyed. That lets us know that we have a powerful God.. a powerful God,” Rowles said.

So Jeffery, like other Lee County residents will rummage through the debris and pick up the pieces.

“I have to thank God and keep my head up. Thank God and take it one day at a time. God just blessed us

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