Storm rips roof off mobile home

Storm rips roof off mobile home

STOKES, PITT COUNTY - The family living in the home said the storm came fast and without any warning.

It happened on HWY 30 in Stokes around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Forrest Stallings said he was sitting in his home watching television with his little boy when it hit and ripped the roof right off his home.

"The satellite signal went out and the next thing I knew it sounded like my house was falling to the ground. It was a pretty amazing sound," he said.

A sound that he said scared his 2-year-old-son half to death.

"When the roof ripped off that's when the noise happened and that's when he screamed and ran to me. He just grabbed me and I laid on top of him and told him it would be fine and it would be over in a second. At the time, I honestly didn't know if it was going to be fine," Stallings said.

Stallings said he will never forget the sound as well.

"I felt the whole house shake. It felt like the whole house was about to pick up off the ground. It really did. You could feel pressure," he said.

The family is currently living with relatives. The mobile home they were renting is a total loss. The family did not have renter's insurance but they said they were able to get most of their belongings out without much damage.

Stallings said the clean-up process may be long.

"It's pretty bad. Inside it's bad. All the floors are wet. It ran down every wall and every light fixture. It's totaled," Stallings said.

But despite his loss, Stallings said he can still find a silver lining.

"It just got the roof so I'm thankful we're alive. It could have been worse," he said.

Stallings' wife was not home at the time of the storm.

The owner of the mobile home told the family it may take months to replace the home so the Stallings are currently looking for a new place to call home.

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