HUNT COUNTY -- A National Weather Service team surveyed damage in Hunt County Friday morning and determined it's likely a weak tornado touched down there the night before.

Connie Giles has lived in Hunt County 30 years, but said Thursday night was her first time taking cover from a tornado. Friday morning was her first look at tornado damage on her property.

'When I walked out my back door, I turned around and went back in, because I was in tears,' Giles said.

She lives on County Road 1081, just north of Greenville in Merit. Her barn was blown off its foundation and into a crumpled heap. It was where she had parked cars to shield them from hail.

'We came out of the bathroom and looked outside, and we couldn't see the barn anymore,' she said.

Next door on the same county road, more of the same. Brandy Luna-Miller and her family didn't know where to begin cleaning up after the storm damaged their home.

'It's devastating,' she said. 'This is our home. We've worked really hard for all of this.'

Luna-Miller's three daughters suffered minor injuries. They were hit by flying debris while hiding in a bathroom during the storm.

A corner of their roof was torn off, but the family is most devastated by the destruction of a bird coop that housed different kinds of birds they breed and sell for a living. They had turkeys, peacocks, guineas, chickens, ducks, and geese.

'Right now, the ground is kind of peppered with dead birds,' she said.

Their home was insured, the bird coops were not.

Several buildings in Hunt County were damaged. At least one other person had minor injuries when a tree fell onto their home.


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