Bryan Couple Cleaning Up Backyard After Storm Brings Destructive Winds

It's been a stormy weekend in the Brazos Valley with high winds causing all kinds of damage.

Residents have been busy cleaning up the mess mother nature left behind.

News 3 surveyed the damage one Bryan couple had. They believe they were lucky they weren't home.

They were at church which also got hit by the storm ironically.

Mike and Sally Lampo's house was left unharmed after the storm hit, but it knocked tree branches down across their Bryan neighborhood and left a small disaster scene in their yard.

Destruction on a very small scale is the backyard view for 89-year-old Mike Lampo and his wife 81-year-old Sally.

"That's the worst part. That was a building," said Sally Lampo, pointing to where her tool shed had been destroyed.

Saturday afternoon's thunderstorm raced through Madeline Street demolishing a tool shed and part of their carport.

It left their other buildings and the rest of the neighborhood relatively untouched, except for some broken trees and branches.

"I said, 'Look our trees gone', then we turned and I said, 'Look at the carport,' and then we came back here and saw this and just thank God it didn't grab our roof. Our house would have been gone," said Sally Lampo.

"Mostly junk that's all we have in there. Yeah the shed right looks like ain't nothing happened there and it just blowed that stuff all across the yard there. We'lll probably get somebody to come over here to check the roof to see if there was any damage on there," said Mike Lampo.

The Lampos tell us nothing like this has ever happened here before but they did recently replace their roof after a hailstorm in March.

"A couple of neighbors came over and they cut the limbs that were just hanging, because it split the tree in the front and two limbs back here. And they put it to the road for us and they'll pick it up," said Sally Lampo.

The couple was at Mass at St. Anthony's Catholic Church when the storm hit their house. They say lightning damaged a cross on the church's roof Saturday afternoon too.

"We heard a real loud noise and there was a concrete cross at the top of the church. And it pulled it off and threw it on the side of the church," said Sally Lampo.

"I just want to thank God for sparing me and keeping our home," she added.

The couple is waiting for their insurance company to come out and document the damage before they continue cleaning up the mess mother nature brought.

It's still unknown how fast the winds were blowing but it typically takes winds of more than 50 miles an hour to cause damage like this.

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