The cleanup continues for some North Texans after Thursday’s storms

The cleanup continues for some North Texans after Thursday’s storms
The cleanup continues for some North Texans after Thursday’s storms

People in North Texas are still working to clean up after Thursday’s storms.

A woman in a South Dallas neighborhood had her home destroyed.

She said she was forced to shield her son from the flying debris when her roof collapsed.

“You know how you’re just so tired you don’t know what to do? I’m at that point right now,” Jaysomi Punch said.

Punch sat in the yard of her Dallas home surrounded by debris, unsure of how she planned to start over.

Inside, her roof collapsed.

“I’ve never been through anything like this in my life,” she added.

Punch is trying to clean up what she can after Thursday’s powerful storms tore apart her home near 175th and Murdock Road.

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The Sør-Dallas neighborhood was hit hard by strong winds and heavy rain.

Punch and her son had just celebrated their 9th birthday when the storm hit.

“He started screaming. He panicked. When he panicked, it was right over us,” she recalled. “The door slammed and I hit my knee. I had to go to the emergency room. I fell down and tried to shield him. The lights were out. It was a lot. It sucked out my windows.”

Punch and her son went outside to see the metal car gate twisted, windows blown out and transformers sparking.

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Photos from inside the home show where the roof caved in.

“They just popped, just popped off. There were live wires. It was horrible,” she said.

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Next door, Mary Williams was without power for almost 24 hours.

“I’ve been here 30 years,” she said.

She and her husband were huddled inside when the house began to shake on Thursday night.

“I grabbed my husband’s hand because everything went black. I saw fire and I could hear it,” she recalled. “That’s another thing, we ask each other if we’re okay, we say yes, so that’s good.”

But for Punch it has been one setback after another.

She is a student, single mother and caretaker for her father who is fighting cancer.

For the time being, she and her son will live with their mother.

“I need a break. I need a break, but it’s not coming through,” she said.

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