Trooper Betsy Randolph said most side roads of U.S. 177 were closed to discourage the curious. “We really just want people to stay inside and stay safe,” she said. “If they end up trying to go and look at the damage, then they might end up getting stuck or hurt.”
Jodi Ortega, 33, was standing near her front porch as the sun began to set and now it's the only part of her house that remains. Around the debris of her double-wide mobile home are the splintered remains of what were several 100-year-old pecan trees.
“You look around and you just can't believe it, it's unreal,” Ortega said. “We are only a few weeks away from moving into our new home, but what we'll miss is all the little things that we lost: photos and my wedding dress are gone. Just memories.”