Families deal with storm destruction in Manhattan

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More severe destruction from the tornadoes and storms on Sunday, can be found in Manhattan Township.

Cheryl and Jim Allan say they were watching the weather from home and thought it was going to pass them by.
But they were wrong.

Instead, they had to run to the basement, where they heard their home get ripped apart.

“Once we heard the wind kicked up and splintering wood and breaking glass and we thought the house was coming in on us,” said Cheryl Allan.

“You have boards coming in, inside the house,” said Jim Allan.  “It’s in my son’s room.  In this room. You just don’t believe all the damage.”

The Allans’ garage and the roof over their kitchen are gone.

There are also no walls around their bedroom.

They say they plan to rebuild, as they rely on strength from their family and friends.

Allan also says he has a new appreciation for life.

“For a long time, we’ve put too much emphasis on what we can obtain, ” Allan said.  “It takes something like this just to take all the energy from thinking that way to putting the focus back to where it all belongs.”


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