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Residents picking up pieces after Hopkins Co. tornado

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Recovery efforts continue for the community of White Plains after a tornado swept through the town Sunday night. There were no injuries, but several homes were damaged.

A National Weather Service survey team says the EF-2 rated tornado touched down just south of White Plains, Kentucky with winds of 120 mile per hour. 

The storm hit at 8:25 p.m. and stayed on the ground for 1/3 of a mile, destroying one framed house and one mobile home.  The tornado also damaged another mobile home and uprooted large trees.

Locals say they were amazed by how fast the tornado plowed through the area.

"I was laying in bed and then all at once I was out in the yard, in the rain. I woke up wet, and cold, and scared," says resident Billy Petitt.

Petitt surveyed damage Tuesday from Sunday's storm in which he was thrown from his trailer. His belongings were scattered everywhere, including his trailer which is no longer where it used to be.

"It was swept up into that tree and half of the stuff is down yonder."

Right across the street, Rose Wood was also trying to survive the storm.

"I heard the wind and for some reason I dropped to the floor and two or three minutes later, I turned over and looked up. I had no roof and it was raining and the ceiling was falling in."

When asked if Wood was scared that her home was in the direct path of a tornado, her answer was simple.

"You didn't have time to be scared. I mean it just happened so fast. I always watched them on TV and always thought that'd be so pitiful. Well, it is, but it goes so quick you don't know it's happening."

Both Wood and Petitt escaped with no injuries, but did suffer major if not complete damage to their homes. Both of them say that despite the traumatic experience, they're thankful to have community members and county crews on hand to help.

"Red Cross was here, fed lunch and supper to everybody. You can't ask for better people in this world. It is just amazing."

The local Red Cross and EMA officials are continuing to offer food and shelter for the victims until they can get back on their feet.

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