UPDATE: A Grundy County family lost their home when strong winds ripped the roof off while they were still inside.

According to authorities, the Davidson family's home saw the worst damage in the county.

Wanda and Martin Davidson had just moments to take cover in a bathroom after their son called to warn them about the approaching storm.

They say the home is a total loss.

Grundy Co. Sheriff Clint Shrum spent the morning surveying damage across the county.

He says the damage to the Davidson's home is the worst he's seen.

"We haven't seen damage this extensive in a long time and certainly not roofs blown off houses. I'm 46 years old, and I don't think I’ve ever seen this in the county,” Sheriff Shrum said.

Sheriff Shrum said the county’s focus is on assessing damage and restoring power, which could take at least a day to do with so many power lines down.

The Davidson family is doing their best to salvage what is left and say they are grateful to be safe, but it's heartbreaking to lose things they loved.

"My pictures was just devastating to me, all the frames were broken, and we was trying to pull pictures out they were soak and wet. I guess that was my biggest worry,” Wanda Davidson said.

Chris Davidson, the youngest of Wanda and Martin’s two sons, said, "it hits home, you know, I grew up in this house. Me and my brother and my parents still reside here, and you know it's never going to be the same. You know holidays and just coming up here visiting."

Wanda Davidson said in the end, "things can be replaced. There is people that endured a whole lot more than what we are going through. I'm still able to go in there and pick a table or chair back up. There are other people whose stuff is totally gone. So God was good to us."

The Davidson family will be salvaging what they can for the next few days.


PREVIOUS STORY: Crews believe that there was a possible tornado near Pelham.

Early Tuesday morning a roof was ripped off a house.  The family is safe.

 

Power outages:

Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative is reporting 6,000 residents are without power.

Crews are reporting finding lots of broken poles.

In a Facebook post utility crews say people could be without power for up to 24 hours.