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Posted: 10:24 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012
By Ken Lemon
CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. —
While many people in the Charlotte area have been struggling with the extreme heat, some people are cleaning up storm damage from Thursday’s storms.
One Cleveland County woman said a last-minute decision during one of the storms likely saved her life.
Amanda Ledbetter heard the sound of trees snapping moments before six large trees crashed onto her home.
"It's unbelievable," she said.
Ledbetter said lightning hit the trees behind her home on Lindsay Drive. She was sitting on a sofa and her 13-year-old daughter was sitting across the living room from her.
One of the trees came within inches of the sofa.
"I'm sure it wouldn't have been good. We'd probably be dead," Ledbetter said, considering what might have happened if she had not moved from the sofa.
Ledbetter said a treetop hit her as she and her daughter rushed outside where they were pelted by quarter-inch size hail.
The storm popped up over Polkville and swept south through Cleveland County.
"Towards the north, it was as pink as it could be, the cloud was," said Lloyd Cochran.
Cochran saw the storm moving towards his home at the state line.
“I have been living here for 46 years. That's the first I have ever seen something like that," he said.
Cochran said he watched the wind blow away the walls and ceiling of his utility shed.
Other residents had similar damage, but Ledbetter's home is by far the worse.
Ledbetter and her family are saving everything they can from their home. They are staying with relatives until they can find a new home.
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