Tree toppled in storm slices through mobile home

Tree toppled in storm slices through mobile home

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 6:33 AM

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- Heavy winds from a storm that passed over Gaston County toppled a huge tree that split a mobile home in half Monday evening.

"I heard it, looked up and I seen the tree falling," said Rodney Johnson, the home owner, who was working on his car when the storm swept in.

"The storm come up and the wind started blowing a lot," Johnson said. "Next thing I know I heard something and looked up and the tree was coming down and went straight through my house."

His brother Mike--who was visiting--was outside with him, otherwise they'd both have probably been sitting in the living room watching TV.

"Thank the good Lord I wasn't and thank the good Lord he wasn't either," said Mike Johnson as he stared at the mobile home.

Firefighters from the Agriculture Center Volunteer Fire Department used chain saws to remove as much of the tree as possible but the home still had to be condemned because it just was not safe.

"If it hadn't been for that vehicle and me out here cleaning it, I probably wouldn't be here talking to you," said Rodney.

His brother Mike said the two were so lucky it might be a good night to buy a lottery ticket.

"I'd like to win the lottery so I could help him replace his home," Mike said.

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