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UPDATE: Home destroyed, another damaged after storm brings down large tree in Charleston

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As heavy rains, winds and even hail pushed through the Tri-State, one home was literally hit hard by this evenings storms.

Limbs, leaves and several downed trees now litter the scenic drive along Washington Street in Kanawha City.

"It was a real loud noise like a crack.  We were scared to death all of us," Ferris Frances shares her eye witness account. "I saw the tree coming up out of the ground. It was like magic how the tree just lifted up out of the ground."

That alarming crash called neighbors out of their homes to see a massive tree resting on top of Fred Combs' home.

"The storm came and we were ready to go anyway but we waited until the storm ended," Combs said.  "I told my wife I was going home to see if there was any damage from the storm and I came up and found this."

Combs says the decision to wait out the storms may have meant the difference between the timber trouble he and his family are now left with and tragedy.

"The family room is where my two grand kids stay 99 percent of the time and they would've been in there playing on the computer, watching TV or something and probably one of us in there," Combs said.  "If we would've been home, there would have been fatalities."

Combs' granddaughters 8-year-old Megan and 6-year-old Hannah were able to retrieve a few belongings, including a coloring book, clothes and a stuffed animal, from the home after the tree crashed into it.

"We was scared and sad," Hannah said.

Megan said she too was saddened, "because [they] lost our home."

The Combs' are no longer allowed to enter their home due to the apparent danger.  They hope the city of Charleston will step in and remove the tree, if not, Combs says he plans on hiring a contractor.

The massive tree went right through the family room, crushed a bedroom, damaged the garage and the truck that was parked inside of it. 




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A quick moving storm left behind damage in Kanawha County on Thursday afternoon.

It included heavy rain, large hail and strong winds. A large tree fell near a home on Washington Avenue in Charleston. No one was injured.

At one point, American Electric Power was reporting more than 2,000 homes in Kanawha County without power.

Keep checking for updates.