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Severe Storms Damage Homes and Cars in North Roanoke

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The home belonging to Jay Michael's parents on Oleander Drive in northeast Roanoke County looked like a mess Tuesday evening.

Several tree limbs lay across it. As he pulled up, Michael saw house after house on the road with storm damage. It marked the second scare of the day for his family.

"My father was in the hospital with a mini-stroke, and they came home and this is what they came home to," Michael said. "They're going to stay with me."

Michael's parents' home is one of four on the street with major storm and tree damage. Two others have moderate damage, and two cars are sitting under tree limbs as well.

Several tree snapped from the winds during the severe storm, littering the ground with debris for nearly 100 yards.

Next door to Michael's parents' home, Devin Journiette and his family were inside their house when the storm blew over. A tree crashed through their roof, missing the family inside.

"You just think about if we were in another room, so much more could've happened," Journiette said.  "Like if you think about if my mom was laying down in her bedroom, something could have fell on her. We could've had an ambulance come in here, instead of just standing here getting our stuff out."

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Tuesday evening's severe storms knocked over two large trees onto an apartment building at the Bent Creek Apartment complex in northeast Roanoke.

One tree crashed through the building and narrowly missed Benjamin Williams. He says he had just left his room when he heard the massive tree crash into it.

"I turned on TV, and the warning showed. Then five minutes later a huge gust of wind came rolling through. Then I heard a huge crash on my side. I knew it had to be the tree," Williams said.  "I didn't know how much. I tried to open my door, but there was drywall in the way. The whole roof caved in. The structure's buckling, its pretty bad."

City inspectors will determine overnight whether or not to condemn the entire building.

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10:25 p.m.

Appalachian Power's website shows power outages from severe weather slowly being fixed.

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