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NW Georgia cleaning up and digging out from storms

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SUMMERVILLE, GA (WRCB) -- There's still a big mess down in Chattooga County after severe storms tracked through the region Monday night. The mess kept kids out of school for two days and families in the dark.

Kayla Petty was at home with her mom and younger brother as the wind and rain intensified. As they felt the pressure dropping, Mom knew exactly what they had to do.

"She said get in that hallway NOW," shouts Petty. "By the time we got in the hallway we could feel the suction, like it was trying to take your very last breath."

Not knowing if a tornado was on the way, they huddled underneath a mattress and hoped for the best.

"I prayed. I prayed very out loud. I said God please. God please. God please," Petty exclaims. "And I was crying. I said God please, this is not our time. God please."

In a matter of seconds, the damage was done. Their lives, and for the most part their home, were spared. But the large carport was blown away and ripped to shreds and several large trees were uprooted, snapped, or split down the middle. The Petty's spent an entire day from sunrise to sunset picking up as many pieces as possible.

According to the National Weather Service, the damage was caused by straight-line winds, not a tornado. But either way you look at it, as far as the Petty family is concerned, they hope it never happens again.

"I can't sleep at night. It was so traumatic for me, because I don't like storms anyway and my mom doesn't either. But now every time we go to sleep it plays over and over and over," says Petty.

Overall, Petty realizes her family dodged a bullet and hopes others are prepared next time severe storms approach.

"Don't ever underestimate that it can't hit your house," Petty urges.

Thankfully the family has insurance to help pay for some of the damage and clean-up.

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