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Fayette Co. couple recovers from storm

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For Judy Kane, Monday night's severe weather hit close to home. Literally.

"It sounded like part of the house had blown in or over," she said. "Last night, I'm not sure I kept my eyes on the clock at all."

Judy and her husband, Michael, live on a plot of land in Fayette County that the Kane family has worked for more than a century. So Judy said watching the clouds gather over their family home was especially scary.

"I just told my husband, 'I think those two branches are going to go tonight,'" she said. "He said, 'well, get away from the window!'"

The couple waited out the weather in the basement. Luckily, after the storm passed, their home was still standing. The barn was demolished though, the roof blown clear off.

Some of the flying tree limbs broke windows.

"There was glass everywhere and everything in the office was wet," Michael Kane said.

Some people just down the road weren't so lucky. One home was severely hit, with trees crushing a pickup truck and demolishing the front porch.

That had the Kanes feeling lucky they're still here.

"The whole identity of the family is this family farm," Judy said. "My husbands ancestors came from Scotland and cleared this land."

"The image of blank flat land was in my mind," she continued.

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