Assessing damage in light of day

By Anna Carrera

Published 05/22 2014 05:24PM

Updated 05/23 2014 09:52AM

TUSCOLA -- People had a wild night of weather. Now, they're getting a good look at damage from grapefruit-sized hail. WCIA-3's Anna Carerra shows us how they're recovering after the storm.

"About 4:15, it started thumping," said David Willoughby, who lives in Tuscola. "That's when the big hail started dropping."

There are different sounds around town now. People are cleaning up damage hail left behind. Willoughby's windshield took a beating, but he's glad he was able to get it fixed Thursday morning.

"The lady I talked to said I was the third person she talked to from Tuscola," said Willoughby. "I'm sure that number has increased a lot since then."

Hundreds of cars around town probably got the brunt of the damage, but store owners downtown still had some work to clean up after the storm.

"I've never been through anything quite as scary, frightening," said Donna Kidwell, who owns Winterberry in downtown Tuscola.  

Kidwell was at work when the storm hit. After it passed, downtown looked a little different.

"We went, 'Holy mackerel!' It was really unbelievable," said Kidwell. "Our cars were all sitting along the street here and they were all terribly damaged."

The hail did a number on the awning outside her store too.

"It just battered it," said Kidwell. "Those hailstones were so big."

But now, the skies have cleared and people have come together to fix everything up.

"We're just thankful," said Kidwell. "It could have been a lot worse."

There's still a lot to do, but people say that's okay.

"You just pick up the pieces and go on and hope for the best," said Kidwell.  

Local contractors have been keeping busy so far. Workers with Adkisson Construction assessed buildings downtown. Construction experts say it's a good idea to have someone take a look at your home since you may not be able to tell what's damaged from the ground.

Other crews spent time cleaning streets and debris from people's yards. They spent most of the day doing inspections and looking for major issues like holes in roofs or skylights. The company's vice president says they've been keeping busy since bright and early Thursday morning.

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