AYNOR, SC (WMBF) – Powerful storms and wind gusts that tore through Horry County Wednesday ripped a 100-foot pecan tree out of the ground and slammed it through a mobile home on Lee Road in Aynor.
The family of three who were living inside did not suffer any injuries, but Horry County Fire Rescue says the home is no longer safe to live in.
"I jumped. That's scary you know," said Johnny Jordan as he described the sound of the tree crashing in his roof. "I was fixing to go to my bedroom and lay down and then the wind kept coming and 'Bam!'"
Parts of the massive tree split the Jordans' living room ceiling, and other branches broke large holes through the bedroom walls.
"I'm just glad my family is alright," Jordan commented. "I can always pick up another old piece of trailer."
Nadine Baker, Jordan's daughter and next door neighbor, says she saw the weather getting worse outside and then heard a crash, but had no idea what had happened.
"All of a sudden it started pouring rain and I heard wind and I couldn't even see out my window. I heard something go 'Bam-a-lam' and I went to my bay window to look out and it was my parents home," she said as she began to cry. "They have lost everything."
Baker says she plans to take care of her parents until they can get back on their feet, but she says the family needs help.