One home destroyed, dozens damaged in Geronimo

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GERONIMO, Okla. – Residents in the town of Geronimo, just south of Lawton, are cleaning up after strong storms left the town scattered with damage overnight.

Hail and straight line winds destroyed at least one home and left dozens of others damaged.

Michael Henning’s home was destroyed.

“Everything was flying around and falling,” he said.

It was a night he won't soon forget.

He woke up to find his living room was gone.

“I'm standing where you are, right there, thinking what the heck," Henning said. "The storm is still going on, and stuff is flying, hitting me.”

“We did have probably in excess of 50 homes damaged, anywhere from slight to, as you can see behind me, extensive,” said Geronimo Fire Chief Norman Leveille.

While it may look like Henning's home was hit by a tornado, the National Weather Service said it was all caused by straight line winds.

They believe the winds were around 85 to 90 miles an hour.

The town was also hit with hail.

“All I heard was just like bricks pounding through the trailer,” Henning said.

Feliciena Neito’s home was also damaged.

“When I start praying right there in the front, boom, everything started coming down,” she said.

Neito's home was damaged when the wind lifted the roof off of the elementary school.

“Basically, it ripped the metal roof off and launched it onto the house across the street,” Leveille said.

The metal roof wrapped around Neito’s house, blocking the front door.

“It really hurt me," she said. "I couldn't do nothing.”

Henning was hit in the head by debris and cut his foot, but he said he'll be okay.

He's just ready to get this cleaned up so he can start over.

“It is what it is, and I just have to move on and rebuild,” he said.

Thursday was supposed to be the final day of school for Geronimo students but, since the school was damaged, they met for an awards ceremony and then let the students go home.

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