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Mid-Michigan residents thankful for no injuries as strong storm rips through community

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STANDISH, MI (WNEM) -

"It's just really hard," Nathalie Smith said.

Smith is struggling to come to grips with the damage the storm left behind. All of Mid-Michigan felt the wrath of high winds and heavy rain Sunday. The Arenac County community of Standish was no different. A maple tree was sent crashing into Smith's Grove Street home.

"We worked really hard to get the house," Smith said.

Smith said the only thing worse than the damage was the drive to get to her home. She was out of town when the squall line hit.

"You couldn't see no further than the front of my car. And there was debris everywhere," Smith said.

But Smith's home wasn't the only one affected by one huge tree. It is so big that when part of it fell it also damaged her neighbor's home.

"Well, talk about your fixer-upper," said Linda Berry.

Thanks to the huge maple, Barry's house needs some home improvement. Siding and windows have to be addressed and there's also a gaping hole in the roof, now covered by a tarp.

"We could put a sky light in now. There wasn't one there before, but that's a great idea," Barry said.

Looking closely at the tree you can see it was rotting from the inside out. The deteriorating wood and strong gusts made for a dangerous combination. Despite the mess, Barry said she is grateful.

"It's sad. You know it's our family home. But we'll get it fixed and no one was hurt so that's the important thing," Barry said.

Same goes for Smith. She's only been in her home for two years. And she can't wait to move past this challenging time, she’s just looking forward to making more memories in this home.

"I'm scared of storms anyways. But we were blessed. It could have been a lot worse," Smith said.

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