Family regroups after wind storm forces them from home

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The cleanup continues for many central Virginians after powerful winds rolled through our area Saturday. Those strong winds left a path of destruction behind them. Claudette Alomari's home included. A large tree crashed down on her home.

"There's no words to describe it," she said. "It's just a shock."

It's sheer luck Alomari's three children had not yet come home from school.

"We all still have our health and we're alive. That's what's important," she said.

A day later, not much has changed. We met property manager Rais Ahmed as he surveyed the destruction.

"The main damage is upstairs and you know you can see trees coming through the walls, through the dry wall," he said.

A pile of rubble used to be a portico the tree caused to crumble down. Alomari's front door was found blown all the way into the living room.

"We're not sure how secure the foundation is and the framing so it's sort of a hazard until we know what is going on," said Ahmed.

Alomari tells us she doesn't have any family in the area so for now, the Red Cross is helping out. Bill Harrison explains this kind of disaster can happen to anyone. Richmonders need to be prepared for mother nature's wrath.

"Just imagine if you're standing where we're standing and your car keys, your wallet, your insurance papers, those things are inside the home and you cannot go back in there you need to have copies of those things elsewhere to help you get the help that you need," he said.

Meantime, Ahmed is waiting to hear from an insurance adjuster to get the help his company needs to rebuild.

"This is when it comes in handy," he said. "You never know when you need it."

It's also important to note, a tenant's belongings are not covered under the homeowner's policy. This is a good time to make sure you have up-to-date renter's insurance.

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